Certifications: Internal Medicine 2010, Gastroenterology 2014
Dr. Jonathan Gaspar grew up in Virginia’s Northern Neck and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. Strong positive influences from his father and grandfather, both physicians, combined with a love for patient care, made his decision to pursue a career in medicine an easy one. After college Dr. Gaspar went on to earn his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia, where he also met his wife, Shakun Gupta, who is now a pediatrician. He then went to Chicago for seven years and completed an internal medicine residency, where he was also elected chief resident. He then completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology. During his fellowship, he was selected as the Department of Medicine Fellow of the Year both in 2012 and 2013.
Following his training, Dr. Gaspar was selected for an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at the University of Virginia. During this year he developed expertise in ERCP, Endoscopic Ultrasound with fine needle aspiration, luminal stenting, and advanced polypectomy/EMR for large polyps in the colon and throughout the GI tract. After two years in private practice in Northern Virginia, he has returned to Richmond.
Dr. Gaspar’s interests in GI include disorders of the pancreas and biliary systems, endoscopic management of GI cancers, gastrointestinal polyps, Barrett’s esophagus, peptic ulcer disease, GI bleeding, and colorectal cancer screening.
During his free time Dr. Gaspar enjoys spending time with his wife and son, traveling, all sports—especially football and tennis—and is an avid foodie.
Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 2012, and Internal Medicine, 2009
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.
Primary hospital: Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
Outpatient services: Virginia Endoscopy Group (Northside, Staples Mill Rd), and (Southside, Midlothian Plaza), St. Francis Hospital, St. Francis outpatient Johnston-Willis Hospital, Johnston-Willis outpatient, Chippenham Hospital, Chippenham outpatient
Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 2008
Dr. Diego Baltodano has been with GSI since 2013. He received his Doctor of Medicine in 1999 from the Universidad de Costa Rica. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine in 2003 at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
In 2008, he completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and since then he has practiced gastroenterology at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va.
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Outpatient services: Virginia Endoscopy Group (Northside, Staples Mill Road), and (Southside, Midlothian Plaza), St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s outpatient
Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 2001
Dr. Souheil Abou-Assi has been with GSI since 2006. A native of Abadieh, Lebanon, Souheil received his Bachelor of Science degree from College la Sagesse there. He attended Saint Joseph University in Beirut from 1988 to 1995, attaining his Doctor of Medicine degree. He then travelled to America and did his Internship in Internal Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey. He went on to complete his Residency there in 1998.
From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Abou-Assi trained at the Medical College of Virginia as a Fellow in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He practiced at MCV and at McGuire Veteran’s Administration Medical Center as an assistant professor of medicine in Gastroenterology and Hepatology until the end of 2005. During his tenure at the VA, Dr. Abou-Assi served on the steering committee of the Advanced Clinic Access and also as the Director of GI/Hepatology outpatient services.
Dr. Abou-Assi became busy very quickly upon joining GSI in 2006; he has developed a loyal following of patients and a steady stream of new patient referrals. He is known for his boundless energy as well as his commitment to getting the most out of each day.
Dr. Abou-Assi’s areas of interest are general gastrointestinal disorders including endoscopy and colonoscopy, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), nutrition, liver diseases, endoscopic treatments of Barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic management of gastrointestinal cancers, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP), pancreatic diseases (pancreas cysts, pancreas cancer, pancreatitis, and pseudocysts), bile duct strictures and stones and endoscopic removal of large polyps and early cancers.
Dr. Abou-Assi is an active member of the Medical Executive Committee and the Physician Excellence Committee of Saint Mary’s hospital.
Dr. Abou-Assi is fluent in three languages, English, Arabic and French. His hobbies and interests include biking, playing tennis, reading, traveling and fishing.
Primary hospitals: Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, CJW Medical Center, Chippenham Hospital
Outpatient services: Virginia Endoscopy Group (Southside Midlothian Plaza), St. Francis Hospital, St. Francis ASC, Johnston-Willis Hospital, Johnston-Willis outpatient, Chippenham Hospital, Chippenham outpatient
Special areas of interest in Gastroenterology: Interventional endoscopy, pancreato-biliary endoscopy with ERCP and EUS, as well as General GI
Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 2003
Dr. Ramy Eid is a board-certified gastroenterologist who has been in practice since 2002. He graduated from the Lebanese University School of Medicine in 1995 and completed a year of surgical internship before he started residency in Internal Medicine at Staten Island hospital SUNY program, which he completed in 1999. There he achieved the Humanistic Award of the Year, the Resident Research Competition Award for the New York chapter of the American College of Gastroenterology.
He then completed a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Brown University in Providence, R.I., in 2002. He was appointed an assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University, serving from 2002 until 2006, where he achieved the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Eid was also a Staff Physician for Rhode Island Hospital, and he served as the Director of Endoscopy for the Providence Veteran’s Administration.
He joined GSI in January 2006 with St. Francis as a primary hospital for his thriving practice. Dr. Eid and his wife, Laura, have two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and sailing.
Primary Hospital: Memorial Regional Medical Center
Outpatient services: Virginia Endoscopy Group (Northside, Staples Mill Road), Memorial Regional Medical Center, Memorial ASC
Areas of interest in Gastroenterology: Pancreatic and Biliary Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Functional GI Disorders, General Gastroenterology, Colon Cancer Screening
Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 2003
Dr. Ofer Feder earned his B.A. at the University of Virginia in 1992 and his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in 1997, in the course of which he was awarded an A.D. Williams Research Fellowship in Immunology. He completed his internal medicine residency in 2000 at the University of Pittsburgh Hospitals, and he did his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, finishing in 2003.
In 2003, GSI was pleased to welcome Dr. Feder into our practice. He is a busy practitioner known for his expertise in ERCP and EUS. His practice philosophy involves providing compassionate care that is always at the forefront of new therapies and technologies. Dr. Feder is determined to deliver the best care available while treating each patient as he would his own family member.
Dr. Feder lives in Richmond with his wife, Stefanie, and two children. He maintains an active role in community life and enjoys reading, skiing, tennis and cooking with his family.
An endoscopic ultrasound, also known as an EUS (upper) is a procedure that permits the physician to see the pancreas, gallbladder and esophagus walls. A flexible tube with a light on it is passed through your mouth and through the esophagus to your stomach into the first portion of your duodenum (small intestine). The physician will look at the tissue as he moves the tube along. In some cases a small piece of tissue (biopsy) may be removed for study.
Before The EUS Procedure
On the night before this test you should not eat or drink anything from 12 midnight until the test is completed. You will be asked to remove any dentures or partial plates at the time of the test. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment to register. When you arrive please register in admitting.
Be prepared to have someone stay with you to drive you home after the procedure. It takes several hours for the sedative to completely wear off.The procedure may not be performed if a driver is not available.
During The Ultrasound
Before the test begins the physician may ask you to gargle with medicine or he will spray your throat to numb your gag reflex. You may also be given a mild sedative through a small needle in your hand or arm. Be sure to let the nurse and physician know if you are allergic to any medication.
You will be positioned on your left side on an examination table. The physician will pass a tube through your mouth and throat and into your stomach. You will be asked to swallow at the time of insertion. As the tube moves downward air will be put into your stomach, allowing the physician to see better. This may cause you to feel full. The test does not interfere with your breathing. Also the lights in the room will be turned down to allow the physician to see better.
If the physician sees any problem areas, samples of tissue may be taken. Small growths may also be removed. The removal of these small amounts of tissue is painless. This test usually takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, but you will not ordinarily be ready for discharge until 2 to 2 ½ hours after your arrival.
After The EUS
After the test you will be asked to rest until the effects of the sedative have subsided. You should not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after the test. You may also have a sore throat for about 24 hours. Your physician will discuss the results of the test with you and your support person after the procedure prior to your discharge.
To our patients and our referring provider offices:
After careful consideration and with the support from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc., has resumed all elective surgical procedures, including screening colonoscopy, at the Virginia Endoscopy Group and all area hospitals. For office visits, our primary clinics are open for those patients who need to be seen in person however, we are continuing to offer telemedicine for most patients. To make an appointment for a surgical procedure, an office visit or a telemed visit, please contact us at 804.285.8206. Please see information on our homepage that outlines our commitment to safety and the increased precautions we are taking.
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