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July 28, 2016

Bay Area Digestive Practice Joins Fisher-Titus

bay-area-gastroenterologyBay Area Gastroenterology recently joined the Fisher-Titus family of physicians. Operating under the new name of Bay Area Digestive Health, physicians—including Dr. Alfred Kafity and Dr. Maher Salam—and support staff will continue to serve patients through their current office location in Medical Park 2 on the Fisher-Titus Medical Center campus.

“We are proud to have these highly regarded physicians as part of the medical care team,” said Lorna Strayer, president of Fisher-Titus Medical Center. “Together, we look forward to continuing to serve the region with the high-quality digestive care that Bay Area Gastroenterology has been providing area patients for the past 20 years.”

Dr. Kafity and Dr. Salam say the move is a chance to offer the individualized, expert care they are known for, but with the support and services of Fisher-Titus behind them.

“Fisher-Titus recognizes the rapidly changing health care environment, which includes an expanded focus on wellness, preventative care and population health,” said Dr. Kafity. “Strategic alignments such as this will help us strengthen the continuum of care for patients in our region.”

For patients, that means the same great care—delivered more efficiently.

“Joining forces with Fisher-Titus will allow our gastroenterology practice to be a one-stop shop for all gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition investigation and management needs,” said Dr. Salam. “We are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date and the best comprehensive care to our local community."

Bay Area Digestive Health offers all services required to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, liver, bile ducts and gallbladder. Such diseases include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

When asked what changes the average person can make to improve his or her digestive health, Dr. Kafity, who specializes in gastrointestinal health, was clear: “Use more whole foods and avoid processed foods.”

Dr. Salam, who has enhanced training in advanced procedures, such as colonoscopy and esophageal and anorectal manometry, offered his own advice to patients wondering if a screening colonoscopy is really necessary at the suggested age of 50. “Absolutely,” he says. “It is the No. 1 way of colon cancer prevention.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Kafity or Dr. Salam, call 419-663-8061.

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