Jeff LaFond, MD

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  • Primary location: Wadsworth Medical Clinic

  • Primary hospital: CJW Medical Center

  • Outpatient services: CJW Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, and Virginia Endoscopy Group

Originally from New Hampshire, Dr. Jeff LaFond enjoyed the many winter sports New England has to offer as well as spending time on the lakes. However, after high school he moved to Washington, D.C., where he completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology with special honors and medical school at The George Washington University. He also completed the master’s program in physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University.

While he never lost his passion for New England sports, he did lose his cold weather edge and decided to continue moving south. After completing medical school, he and his wife moved to Charlottesville for his residency and fellowship at the University of Virginia. During his residency he received the prestigious Mulholland Society Resident and Fellow Teaching Award, recognizing his commitment to teaching medical students and for having a positive influence on their careers. He was also fortunate to receive the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Emerging Liver Scholars Award and was subsequently chosen to serve as an AASLD Fellow Ambassador. During his gastrointestinal fellowship he was awarded the Stuart and Betsy Houston Award for Excellence in Fellowship. He was also selected by his peers to receive the Carl L. Berg Most Valuable Player Award, recognizing his dedication to “providing service above and beyond the call of duty and being an all-around team player.”

Dr. LaFond enjoys building long-term patient relationships through getting to know his patients in the clinic and by performing procedures when necessary. His specific interests within gastroenterology include inflammatory bowel disease, chronic liver disease, GERD, dysphagia, the evolving role of GI physicians in obesity management, and colon cancer screening.

In his spare time he enjoys cooking, the outdoors and traveling with his family, which includes his young daughter and son.

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Omer Khalid, MD

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Dr. Khalid is originally from Karachi, Pakistan. He earned his medical degree from Dow medical University with top honors. He then moved to the United States and came to Bluefield, Virginia where he completed a medical externship. Dr. Khalid completed his internship and residency from Southern Illinois University in Springfield, IL. He was awarded as the best resident teacher. In addition, he also served as a Chief Resident at his training institute.

Before beginning his training in gastroenterology Dr. Khalid served on the internal medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of clinical medicine at Indiana University. He went to St. Louis for his fellowship and completed his training in gastroenterology from St. Louis University in 2014. In addition, he acquired additional training in hepatology and transplant from St. Louis University.

Dr Khalid has played an investigatory role on a number of trials in the area of hepatitis C infection. Results of his research have appeared in such notable peer-reviewed publications as Clinical Investigation, Clinics in Liver Disease, and Liver International, among others. Dr Khalid has also co-authored a number of posters presented at annual meetings, including Digestive Disease Week in 2013 and ACG’s 77th Annual Scientific Meeting in 2012. His clinical and research focus is on hepatology including treatment of viral hepatitis, auto-immune liver disorders, care of patients with liver cirrhosis and liver cancer as well as colon cancer prevention, IBS, GERD, biliary/pancreatic diseases.

He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

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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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Alex R. Seamon, MD

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Dr. Seamon grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary as a Monroe Scholar, graduating with a bachelor of science in Biology in 2004. Following undergraduate training, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical

School in Norfolk and proceeded to the University of Florida to complete his internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Seamon was then honored to serve as chief medical resident at the University of Florida, prior to embarking on his training in gastroenterology and hepatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee.

While in fellowship, Dr. Seamon worked with a very diverse group of patients including patients with inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), swallowing difficulties, peptic ulcer disease and stomach problems, colon polyps, diarrhea, constipation, hepatitis, motility disorders and general gastrointestinal well-being. He served as co-chief fellow, and graduated from the program in 2015, followed by joining GSI.

Out of the office, Dr. Seamon enjoys the great outdoors, playing sports and attending sporting events, running, swimming, mountain biking, snowboarding and hiking with his dog Scout. His father is an internal medicine physician in Fredericksburg, and his brother is an orthopedic surgeon in his hometown of Roanoke.

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Andy J. Thanjan, MD

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A third generation physician, Dr. Thanjan studied as an undergraduate at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002.  He attained his Doctor of Medicine in 2006 from the George Washington University School of Medicine.  From D.C., Dr. Thanjan completed his Internal Medicine residency (2009) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in New York.  From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Thanjan completed his Gastroenterology fellowship at Albany Medical College in New York.  

His memberships have included Phi Beta Kappa, American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

He manages general gastrointestinal diseases and performs upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy.  Dr. Thanjan’s areas of interest include gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, constipation, diarrhea, colorectal cancer screening, hemorrhoid banding, and liver diseases including Hepatitis B and C.

With his excellent training, GSI was happy to welcome him into the practice in 2012.  He has been a valuable addition to our group.  He is accepting new patients.

Dr. Thanjan, his wife Lisa, and his daughter enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, and trying different cuisines.

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Ramy Y. Eid, MD

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  • Primary Location: Wadsworth Medical Clinic

  • 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.

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Ofer Feder, 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

  • 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.

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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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Irvin J. Seeman, MD, Retired

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  • Primary location: St. Mary’s Hospital – Medical Office Building North

  • Primary hospital: Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital

  • Outpatient services: Virginia Endoscopy Group (Northside, Staples Mill Road), St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s outpatient

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, 1981

Dr. Irvin Seeman, a native of Savannah, Ga., received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia in 1971, achieving the status of a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He then went on to attend the Medical College of Georgia, where his academic excellence allowed him entry into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He attained his M.D. there in 1975. From Georgia, he travelled to Texas, where he completed his internship and his residency in internal medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, finishing in 1978. He also completed his fellowship in gastroenterology there in 1980.

Dr. Seeman joined GSI in 1980, the first physician hired by the group’s founder, Louis Gelrud. As time went on, Dr. Seeman’s business acumen led him to take the role of physician manager of the group. Through his tenure, Dr. Seeman’s contributions in this role have been vital to the success of the group. In addition, his leadership role in the Virginia Endoscopy Group has ensured the success of that venture. Although the management responsibilities take a considerable amount of time, Dr. Seeman has simultaneously maintained a thriving practice at St. Mary’s.

Dr. Seeman lives with his wife, Linda, in Richmond.

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Hemorrhoid Banding

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Hemorrhoid Banding


What is it?
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What is it?

Hemorrhoids are lumps formed by swollen veins in the lower rectum. These painful lumps can be removed by a procedure called hemorrhoid banding (also known as rubber band ligation). This procedure is non-invasive and highly successful at removing internal hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids typically form in three separate sites and only one site is usually treated at a time. Abnormally large hemorrhoids may require more than three treatments to shrink up completely.

What preparation is required?

Prior to your procedure, you will need to have a physical exam first with a doctor to confirm that your hemorrhoids must be removed with rubber band ligation. Usually, it’s recommended that patients try home remedies for hemorrhoids before scheduling a hemorrhoid banding. In many extreme cases however, a hemorrhoid banding will be prescribed for those suffering from Grade 3 or Grade 4 hemorrhoids.

Once it is determined that hemorrhoid banding is necessary to remove the lumps, your doctor will educate you on possible complications and preparations to consider before the procedure. There aren’t many precautions to keep in mind leading up to the procedure. It is recommended to stay away from a diet that causes straining during bowel movements. Stool softeners might be prescribed to reduce the amount of pressure on the veins in your lower rectum. It is also important to inform your doctor of any medications you are prescribed well before the procedure date.

What should you expect?

The procedure from start to finish is fairly short and will not require you to stay for recovery time. Most patients have reported only slight discomfort during and after the procedure.

During this procedure, a tiny rubber band is tied around the base of the hemorrhoids to cut off the blood supply. You should expect the hemorrhoid to shrink and fall off on its own within one to five days. Before and a few days after the hemorrhoids fall off, you may experience some pain or bleeding where the hemorrhoids are tied. When the hemorrhoids and bands fall off, most patients do not even notice them.

What happens after the procedure?

You can leave immediately after the procedure with no rest time. The areas will take around two weeks to fully heal. While the hemorrhoids are banded, it is recommended to refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least 3-4 days.

Long-term recurrence rate is very low after hemorrhoid banding. It is not unlikely however, for some patients to see a few hemorrhoids return after five years. You can take preventative measures such as, diet changes, increased physical activity, lessened straining during bowel movements, and keeping the areas clean.

Are there any risks or complications?

There are rarely any complications associated with hemorrhoid banding. However, a small percentage of treated patients have experienced one or more of the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Recurrence of hemorrhoids
  • Pain from remaining hemorrhoids
  • Infection

Be sure to ask your doctor to explain all the possible risks and complications of the procedure to you before scheduling your hemorrhoid banding.

Who can treat me?

Are you suffering from hemorrhoids and ready to cease the pain and embarrassment? Contact us or find one of our locations today to schedule your hemorrhoid banding procedure!