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Jayant P. Talreja, MD

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Dr. Talreja is originally from Virginia Beach, VA. In 2002, he completed a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Biology at the University of Virginia. In 2006, he attained his Doctor of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia/VCU School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his Internship, Internal Medicine Residency, and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Virginia. During his fellowship, he was selected as the 2010 Department of Medicine Fellow of the Year. In 2011, he was the recipient of the UVA McPherson Award for Excellence in Clinical Research and he was the international recipient of the Yang K. Chen Fellowship Program. He was selected as the 2011-2012 Chief Fellow and was the recipient of the Carl L. Berg Most Valuable Player Award in 2012.

Following his training at UVA, he was selected for an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, which he completed in June 2013. During this fellowship, he trained under multiple internationally recognized experts in the field at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, including Christopher Thompson, MD (BWH) and William Brugge, MD (MGH). He gained expertise in ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, endoluminal stenting, radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy for Barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic mucosal resection, single balloon enteroscopy, endoscopic suturing, bariatric endoscopy and treatment of post-operative leaks and fistulae.

Dr. Talreja’s areas of interest include colon cancer screening and removal of polyps, disorders of the biliary tract and pancreas, endoscopic management of GI cancers, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, bariatric endoscopy, peptic ulcer disease, management of GI bleeding, difficulty swallowing, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome, changes in bowel habits, GI motility disorders,

Since starting at GSI, Dr. Talreja was selected as the 2014 co-director and subsequently the 2015 director of the American College of Gastroenterology’s regional continuing medical education course held in Williamsburg. In 2017, he was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Talreja is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Gastroenterological Association.In his free time, Dr. Talreja enjoys spending time with his wife and son, reading, basketball, soccer, and visual arts. He and his wife are actively involved in the Richmond based non-profit organization HCB2 – Hitting Cancer Below the Belt, which helps promote awareness for colon cancer screening. Dr. Talreja has participated in multiple colonoscopy day events, where he has voluntarily performed colonoscopies for the underserved population. He and his wife are also actively involved in the annual Wine, Women and Shoes event, which helps promote awareness and raise money for the Forensic Nursing clinic at St Mary’s Hospital.


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Ben Bradenham Jr., MD

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  • Primary location: Henrico Doctor’s Hospital

  • Primary hospital: Forest Medical Plaza

  • Outpatient services: Virginia Endoscopy Group – North Side, Henrico Forest and Parham, and Henrico ASC

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 2016

Dr. Bradenham Jr. is a native Richmond, and second-generation gastroenterologist. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Washington and Lee University in 2006. He subsequently attended and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2010. Residency training then brought Dr. Bradenham Jr. and his physician wife, Courtney Bradenham, to Saint Louis, Missouri. After completing three years of Internal Medicine residency training at Washington University’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital, he spent the next three years in the Gastroenterology & Hepatology fellowship at Saint Louis University.

After six years in Saint Louis, in 2016 he returned home to Richmond, Virginia and joined GSI. Dr. Bradenham Jr. cares for patients suffering from all gastrointestinal diseases; however, he has specific interests in the evaluation and management of pre-cancerous and malignant disease throughout the GI tract, liver disease, gastrointestinal motility disorders and the future of endoscopic weight loss solutions.


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Michael T. Farrell, MD

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  • Primary locations: Henrico Doctor’s Hospital

  • Primary hospitals: Henrico Doctors (Forest), Henrico Doctors (Parham)

  • Outpatient services: Virginia Endoscopy Group (Northside, Staples Mill Road) and (Southside, Midlothian Plaza), Henrico Doctors (both Forest and Parham), Henrico Doctors’ ASC.

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 1991; recertified 2012

Dr. Michael Farrell was born in Cleveland Ohio and grew up in McLean, VA. He spent eight years in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia where he earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees (BA with distinction in Economics and Doctor of Medicine). His internship and residency in Internal Medicine were both done at The University of Connecticut, finishing in 1988.  Dr. Farrell then returned to Virginia and completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology at The Medical College of Virginia/VCU in 1990.

After fellowship he stayed in Richmond and went in to practice with Dr. Ben Bradenham where together they formed Henrico Gastrointestinal Specialists. In 1994 the two of them joined forces with GSI and have been an integral part of our group ever since.

Dr. Farrell has a special clinical interest in advanced biliary endoscopy and  ERCP for the treatment of pancreatic, biliary and liver diseases. He is also interested in inflammatory bowel diseases and general gastroenterology.

He holds an academic appointment at The Medical College of Virginia and has served as the chair of medicine/family practice at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.  He served as staff representative of the medical staff section of national American Medical Association meetings for many years.  For 9 years Dr. Farrell supervised the Gastroenterology rotation for Hanover /VCU  family practice residency program. He is committed to continuing medical education and has received  the AMA physician recognition award for this.

A “lifelong student,” Dr. Farrell has an interest in international health issues. He has traveled with cultural exchange GI programs in Africa and Russia.

When he is not working, he spends time as a “frustrated golfer,” “Dad”, “Grandpa” and “hopeless UVA and Redskin fan”. He is enjoying following his new favorite college basketball team – the VCU Rams.

For more information, visit Dr. Farrell’s personal website.


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P. Frederick Duckworth Jr., MD

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  • Primary location: Memorial Regional Medical Center

  • Primary hospital: Memorial Regional Medical Center

  • Outpatient services: Virginia Endoscopy Group Northside (Staples Mill Road), Memorial Regional Medical Center, Memorial ASC

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 1991; recertified 2001

Dr. Fred Duckworth is a native Virginian, hailing from Lynchburg. As a John Motley Morehead Scholar, he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. He returned to Virginia and was awarded his M.D. in 1984 from the University of Virginia.

While at UVA, Dr. Duckworth was named as a finalist for the Bowman Scholarship for outstanding achievement in the clinical years. He was given the Outstanding Intern award while completing his Internship at The Medical College of Virginia, where he also completed his Residency in 1987.

He then served as a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine in 1988. Dr. Duckworth stayed at the Medical College of Virginia completing his Fellowship in Gastroenterology in 1990. He served as Chief Fellow in Gastroenterology in 1991 and then stayed on the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine for a year before joining Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc in July 1992.

Dr. Duckworth has served as the Chief of Endoscopy at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center from 1994 to the present. He has also done committee work with the hospital – laser, clinical practice, and physicians advisory. In addition, Dr. Duckworth has been very active in the Virginia Gastroenterology Society serving as the annual Course Co-Director in 2002, Secretary 2003-2005, Treasurer 2005-2007, President 2007-2009, Past President 2009-2011 and still serves on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Duckworth and his wife Kathy have three children. Kathy and Dr. Duckworth are very active in community life at their church, Christ Church Episcopal and he has previously served as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 747 at Gayton Baptist Church. He enjoys fishing and woodworking in his spare time.


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