The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group recently welcomed a new gastroenterologist, Hadi Bhurgri, MD, to the team. He began practicing at PCRMC in August.
Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that deals with the study of disorders affecting a person’s digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach and intestines. Physicians who specialize in this field of medicine are sometimes referred to as GI (gastrointestinal) doctors.
Dr. Bhurgri finds this line of work to be very intellectually satisfying and challenging.
I get to see a wide variety of patients across all age groups,” he says. “I also like that I get to work with my hands.” He says PCRMC is well-equipped to handle most anything.
As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Bhurgri sees patients for a wide variety of general gastrointestinal conditions. “Some common GI complaints include heartburn, stomachache, dyspepsia (indigestion) or Barrett’s esophagus, (where the lining of the esophagus becomes damaged),” he says.
Dr. Bhurgri is trained in numerous general GI procedures, such as upper endoscopies and colonoscopies. He has special interests in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) gastroparesis and biliary pathology.
Dr. Bhurgri notes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for patients with GI issues. “Everyone requires a tailored approach,” he says.
To keep patients’ digestive tracts healthy, specific diets or changes to the types of foods patients eat may help in certain cases. Some GI doctors work with nutrition specialists to help patients.
Dr. Bhurgri was born and raised in Pakistan. “I always had an interest in science and medicine, growing up,” he says. “Both of my parents were physicians and held academic appointments as pathologists, and even my grandfathers on both my mom’s and dad’s sides of the family were doctors.”
In 2008, he earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Bhurgri then came to the United States for post-graduate medical training. In the U.S., Dr. Bhurgri studied at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, as a visiting medical student.
In 2014, he completed a residency program in internal medicine followed by a fellowship specializing in gastroenterology, both at Rutgers University’s New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.
To learn more about gastroenterology, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhurgri, visit pcrmc.com or call 573-364-9000.