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 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 the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School , which he completed in June 2013.
Dr. Talreja’s areas of interest include gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, peptic ulcer disease, GI bleeding, difficulty swallowing, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome, changes in bowel habits, GI motility disorders, gastrointestinal polyps, disorders of the biliary tract and pancreas, liver diseases, and endoscopic management of GI cancers.
In his free time, Dr. Talreja enjoys traveling, running, basketball, tennis, golf, visual arts, and reading.
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. He is also an assistant professor of internal medicine and gastroenterology at VCU School of Medicine.
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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, Johnston-Willis Hospital, 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.
A rectal ultrasound – also known as an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – is a procedure that permits the physician to look at the rectum and large intestine walls. A flexible tube with a light on it is passed through your rectum and into a small portion of your large 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 test: Proper preparation is very important for this test. The intestine must be completely empty for the physician to see properly. This means a special diet, laxatives and/or enemas. Your doctor will order what is right for you. Follow the instructions given to you by your physician. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment to register. When you arrive please sign in at the front desk.
**Be prepared to have someone stay with you to drive you home after the procedure since it takes several hours for the medicine to completely wear off. The procedure may not be performed is a driver is not available.
On the afternoon before the procedure, take three tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia
Your supper should be light
Clear liquids only until midnight
Nothing to drink after 12 a.m. (midnight)
Fleet’s enema at bedtime
Fleet’s enema early before coming in for your procedure
Compliance: Follow your instructions carefully. If you do not, the procedure may have to be cancelled or repeated. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions.
During the test: Before the procedure is started you will be given a mild sedative through a small needle placed in your hand or arm. Be sure to let the physician or nurse 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 well-lubricated tube through your anus and into your large intestine. As the tube moves upward, air will be put into your intestine so the physician can see well. You may feel cramps and a sense of fullness. Also, the lights in the room will be turned down during the procedure to allow the physician to see well.
If the physician sees any problem areas, samples of tissue may be taken. Small growths may be removed. The removal of these small amounts of tissue is painless. This test can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, but you will not ordinarily be ready for discharge until 2 to 2 ½ hours after you arrive.
After the test: You will be asked to rest until the effects of the sedative have subsided. Your doctor will discuss the results of the test with you and your support person after the procedure prior to your discharge.
Welcome to our practice. We look forward to seeing you, and want to thank you for giving us the chance to collaborate with you in your GI care.