February is American Heart Month and while RGA specializes in treating digestive conditions, practicing heart-healthy living can also benefit your GI system. That includes eating more fruits, vegetables and fiber; moving more; improving sleep; and managing stress and mental health. Check out other healthy living info from the American Heart Association: www.heart.org/en#HeartMonth... See moreSee less
When actor Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer in 2020, the news grabbed headlines in part because his diagnosis wasn’t public, and he was only 43. His story reflects both the recent spike in younger-onset cases of colorectal cancer and how the disease can affect African Americans at younger ages. #BlackHistoryMonth #GetScreened #ColorectalCancer #coloncancerawareness... See moreSee less
Treatment for GI conditions commonly includes medications and/or procedures, but we also address wellness for a wholistic approach to digestive care. That could include adjusting (eliminating or adding to) everyday foods and moving more. #FeedbackFriday... See moreSee less
Colon cancer screening is recommended to start for African Americans at age 45, which is earlier than the age (50) typically associated with getting your first colonoscopy. That’s because African Americans carry a higher risk for the disease. Screening may even begin sooner if you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps. Talk to your doctor about getting screened or reach out to us for more information – a referral is often not needed. #BlackHistoryMonth #GetScreened #ColorectalCancer #ColonCancer ... See moreSee less
Dr. Sunil Patel recently celebrated 10 years at RGA, where he cares for patients with a variety of GI conditions. He has a special interest in treating liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and he leads our Research Division.
His path to RGA took him from growing up in New Jersey with a family of doctors, to training at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts, and to reuniting with a fellow RGA doctor whom he’d trained with at Harvard. An avid New York sports fan, he emphasized that “our community can access care and treatment options at RGA similar to what they’d find at an academic center.”
Doctors often refer their patients to us, which means coordinating care with other clinics and hospitals. We’ve worked with our region’s medical community for over 40 years, and it’s our mission to provide exceptional care for all our patients when they come to see us. #FeedbackFriday... See moreSee less
RGA continues to embrace the safe rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for our region’s frontline health care workers. Check out some of our team members rolling up their sleeves for their vaccines! ... See moreSee less
Are you still feeling the effects of heavy holiday meals? Heartburn is common, especially after eating certain foods or too much food. But frequent heartburn or worsening symptoms like trouble swallowing or a sour/acidic taste in the mouth or throat that can no longer be relieved with over-the-counter medications may be cause for concern. Chronic heartburn can be linked to esophageal cancer, one of the fastest-growing cancers in the U.S.