Care for Your Digestive System


Your digestive system’s function affects your overall health. Minor problems that are not treated effectively can lead to chronic conditions and serious diseases — even cancer. So when you need specialized help, you want a gastroenterology team at the top of its field.

Connecticut's Gastrointestinal Experts

Led by the Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute located at Bristol Hospital, our gastreonterology department is home to some of the most respected gastroenterologists in the nation. Many of the procedures we pioneered are available nowhere else in the state.

Our diagnostic tests and tools are the most advanced and comprehensive available. From colonoscopy (recommended every 10 years for those aged 50 and older) to advanced motility studies and capsule endoscopy using the PillCam (pioneered by Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute founding director, Salam F. Zakko, MD), we offer testing to diagnose any kind of gastrointestinal disorder.

Should I See a GI Expert?

Reasons to see a gastroenterologist vary widely, and our knowledge and experience are just as diverse. We treat any condition of the intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon or rectum — from common but potentially serious conditions, such as gastrointestinal reflux (GERD) and gallstones, to pancreatic and liver disorders requiring advanced treatment. We understand what you’re going through, and we’ll do everything in our power to bring you relief and healing.

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common gastrointestinal-related diagnosis made by physicians during clinical visits in the U.S. It is estimated that pain and discomfort from acid reflux impacts over 80 million Americans at least once per month. The chronic condition occurs as a result of the gastroesophageal valve (GEV) allowing gastric contents to reflux (wash backwards) into the esophagus, causing heartburn and possible injury to the esophageal lining.

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TIF: Cutting-Edge Treatment for GERD

With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, the TIF procedure offers an alternative that is scientifically backed with many studies and is covered by many insurance plans. Performed without the need for external incisions through the skin, the TIF procedure offers patients who require an anatomical repair an effective treatment option to correct the underlying cause of GERD.

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Expert Team. Center of Excellence.

The team includes pioneers and leaders in gastroenterology who have been involved in developing and testing products and procedures that are now used around the nation and world. Director, Salam Zakko, MD, is internationally recognized for his research and holds a number of patents.

As a center of excellence, the Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute provides specialized education and training for gastroenterology specialists and others. By sharing our body of knowledge and experience, we are helping to improve care across the community and beyond.

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  1. Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute

    41 Brewster Road, Level F

    Bristol, CT 06010

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