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Gastroenterology in Sonora

Treating your digestive disorder with care and precision

Almost every adult will suffer from digestive issues during their lifetime. Whether you experience a touch of indigestion or abdominal pain that won't go away, you deserve the best possible care.

The gastroenterologists at Adventist Health Sonora are specialists in the detection and treatment of digestive diseases, colon cancer and liver diseases.

These gastroenterology specialists are experts in evaluating and treating every type of digestive disorder including:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Liver disease/hepatitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Acid reflux/ulcers
  • Intestinal polyps
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Diagnosing digestive disorders

In order to determine what is causing your symptoms, our gastroenterologists can perform a wide variety of diagnostic tests.

We may perform:

  • Endoscopic ultrasounds: This allows us to examine your upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract and organs involved in your digestive system
  • Colonoscopies: To check for colon cancer
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography: This can help us locate gallstones, scar tissue or tumors
  • Capsule endoscopies: To examine your small intestine

Treating your condition

Once your condition has been identified, our team can develop a comprehensive care plan tailored to meet your needs.

We may recommend:

  • Dietary and lifestyle changes: Getting more exercise, avoiding certain foods and changing your lifestyle in other ways can make a big difference in your symptoms and your condition. Our gastroenterologists can review these with you and help you implement healthy changes.
  • Endoscopic treatment: These forms of treatment can help with many different digestive disorders. Using advanced tools and technology, we can perform the appropriate procedure required to treat your condition.
  • Surgery: Sometimes, surgery is the best way to treat particularly severe digestive disorders. Our gastrointestinal surgeons ensure a safe and effective procedure from start to finish.

Meet the team

Rodney Eddi, MD

Rodney Eddi, MD, completed a three-year gastroenterology fellowship with Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences. He also completed a three-year internal medicine residency with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and served one year as chief medical resident, overseeing 45 internal medicine residents.

Prior to completing his internal medicine and gastroenterology training, Dr. Eddi earned his medical degree at Tehran Medical University. Following medical school, he spent two years in military service as a medical officer, providing care for army mine-sweeping units. He also worked in private practice in Golestan, Iran, providing primary care for an impoverished population.

Neal Kaushal, MD

Neal Kaushal, MD, MBA, completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he won the Joel and Barbara Marcus Research Award and spearheaded multiple initiatives focused on providing better and more efficient endoscopic services. Prior to that, Dr. Kaushal completed his residency at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kaushal earned his Bachelor of Science with honors in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, before attending and completing the UC Irvine MD/MBA joint degree program.

Renee Kramer, NP

Renee Kramer, NP, graduated from the family nurse practitioner/physician assistant program at UC Davis and is a nationally certified nurse practitioner. She has worked both as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner in the ICU/CCU and began working in gastroenterology in 2002 with Dr. Henry Kao. Renee has been practicing in Stockton for the last eight years, after Dr. Kao closed his Sonora practice in 2007.

Renee enjoys seeing her patients, understanding their life circumstances, and giving them optimal care. “When people come to the GI clinic, they usually aren’t feeling great,” explains Renee. With many of her patients being screened for colon cancer, sorting through gastrointestinal problems, or being treated for hepatitis C and other liver disorders, she has the opportunity to provide a lot of counseling and support for people going through a difficult time.

Gina Valente-Moore, FNP

Gina Valente-Moore, FNP, has an extensive educational background as well as nearly 20 years’ experience as a nurse practitioner. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University; bachelor's, master’s and doctorate degrees from Case Western Reserve University; and post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from Sonoma State University.

As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, Gina worked briefly in North Carolina before practicing 10 years in Ukiah, California. She has been working in Sonora, specializing in family practice and gastroenterology, since 2007. Over this time, she has developed a passion for caring for patients with liver disease and hepatitis C. Gina enjoys connecting with her patients to help them negotiate the healthcare system, interpret their health and make decisions regarding their own care.

Our gastroenterology specialists are located at 680 Guzzi Lane, Suite 206, in Sonora. Call (209) 536-5760 to schedule an appointment.

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