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Akron Digestive Disease Consultants (ADDC)


Our Mission
The Physicians and Staff of Akron Digestive Disease Consultants are committed to providing outstanding personalized and timely digestive health care to our patients, as we prevent and treat digestive disease. We achieve this through:
  • Highly qualified board-certified physicians
  • Competent and caring staff
  • Use of state of the art information technology, including electronic medical records
  • Measurement and improvement of key patient outcomes
  • Collaboration with patients and their referring physicians
  • Education of medical students and other future health care providers
  • Volunteer service in regional, state, and national professional GI societies

About Us
Our practice currently has five physicians. All physicians are board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the specialty field of gastroenterology. Our physicians have acquired additional training and expertise in the fields of Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease, Pill Camera Endoscopy, and Gastroesophageal Reflux disease.
Our clinicians provide care both in the outpatient and hospital setting. Our office is located in West Akron. Emergent and consultative care is provided at Akron City Hospital/Summa Health. The practice also provides indigent care to patients at the hospitals and through referrals from organizations such as Open M (Summit County Free Clinic). The practice hosts patient education classes on premises and has given guidance to local disease-based support groups. 
In addition to patient care and education, the physicians participate in the education of medical students from NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) and residents at Summa Health. Our physicians have presented talks at numerous local physician education seminars. They also continue to assume leadership positions in local and national organizations involving our specialty. 

PHYSICIANS

Our practice currently has five
physicians. All physicians are board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the specialty field of gastroenterology. Our physicians have acquired additional training and expertise in the fields of Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease, Pill Camera Endoscopy, and Gastroesophageal Reflux disease.
Our clinicians provide care both in the outpatient and hospital setting. Our office is located in West Akron. Emergent and consultative care is provided at Akron City Hospital/Summa Health. The practice also provides indigent care to patients at the hospitals and through referrals from organizations such as Open M (Summit County Free Clinic). The practice hosts patient education classes on premises and has given guidance to local disease-based support groups. 
In addition to patient care and education, the physicians participate in the education of medical students from NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) and residents at Summa Health. Our physicians have presented talks at numerous local physician education seminars. They also continue to assume leadership positions in local and national organizations involving our specialty. 

Edward J. Esber, M.D., FACG, FASGE





APPOINTMENTS
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Chair, Gastroenterology Section, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Teaching Staff, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
PRIMARY HOSPITAL AFFILIATION
  • Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
EDUCATION, TRAINING and BOARD CERTIFICATION
  • College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
  • Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
  • Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  • ERCP Fellowship, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Board Certified in Gastroenterology
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American College of Gastroenterology, Fellow
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Fellow
  • Ohio Gastroenterology Society

Arjun Venkat, M.D., M.P.H.




APPOINTMENTS
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Teaching Staff, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
PRIMARY HOSPITAL AFFILIATION
  • Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
EDUCATION, TRAINING and BOARD CERTIFICATION
  • Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore University, Karnataka, India
  • Residency, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  • Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of California, San Diego, California
  • Masters in Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
  • Hepatology Fellowship, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Board-Certified in Gastroenterology
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Ohio Gastroenterology Society
  • Ohio State Medical Association

COSTAS H. KEFALAS, M.D., M.M.M., FACG, FASGE, AGAF


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT
  • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Teaching Staff, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
PRIMARY HOSPITAL AFFILIATION
  • Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND BOARD CERTIFICATION
  • B.S., University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • M.D., Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
  • Board-Certified in Gastroenterology
  • M.M.M. (Master of Medical Management) Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
  • Chair, Board of Governors, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Member, Board of Trustees, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Vice-Chair, Legislative and Public Policy Council, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Physician Director, Board of Directors, Summa Health
  • Immediate Past President, Digestive Disease National Coalition

SELECTED PAST PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
  • President, Digestive Disease National Coalition
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Governors, American College of Gastroenterology 
  • Governor for Northern Ohio, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Co-Founder and Founding President, Ohio Gastroenterology Society
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American College of Gastroenterology, Fellow
  • American Association for the study of Liver Disease
  • American Gastroenterological Association, Fellow
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Fellow
  • Ohio Gastroenterology Society
  • Ohio State Medical Association

William F. Shaheen, M.D.





​APPOINTMENTS
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Teaching Staff, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
PRIMARY HOSPITAL AFFILIATION
  • Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
EDUCATION, TRAINING and BOARD CERTIFICATION
  • Malone College, Canton, Ohio
  • Case Western University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • Board-Certified in Gastroenterology
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Ohio Gastroenterology Society
  • Ohio State Medical Association

Ganesh R. Veerappan, M.D., FACG, AGAF




APPOINTMENTS
  • Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Teaching Staff, Internal Medicine Residency Program,  Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
PRIMARY HOSPITAL AFFILIATION
  • Summa Health
EDUCATION, TRAINING and BOARD CERTIFICATION
  • Medical School - Case Western University School of Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Residency - Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship - Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Board-Certified in Gastroenterology
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American College of Physicians, Fellow
  • American College of Gastroenterology, Fellow
  • American Gastroenterological Association, Fellow
  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
  • Ohio Gastroenterology Society
  • Ohio State Medical Association

STAFF

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QUALITY DATA

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BILLING INFORMATION

Who do I contact with a question about my bill?

Digestive Health Center
330-869-0178

Akron Digestive Disease
330-869-0124

Q. How will I be billed for my colonoscopy?

A. You may receive three bills:

  • One from the physician's office for the physician's services
  • One from the facility for the surgical suite/room or procedure center/hospital
  • One for lab charges, if there was a specimen taken

Q. Routing screening or diagnostic colonoscopy?

A. Routine Screening:

  • No family history of colorectal problems
  • No personal history of colorectal problems
  • No personal, past or present gastrointestinal problems
  • Age, as required by your insurance (Please check with your insurance.)

B. Diagnostic:

  • If for any reason routine screening requirements are not met, your procedure will be diagnostic.

Q. How much will my insurance cover?

A. You will have to call your insurance company to discuss your specific plan.

FORMS

Printable forms are arranged alphabetically below in PDF format. If you need assistance locating a form, please contact our office at 330-869-0124.

SERVICES

COLONOSCOPY
Colonoscopy is a procedure where your doctor uses a flexible camera to examine the lining of your colon or large intestine for growths (polyps) and removes them as part of a screening examination. If you have a symptom like bleeding or diarrhea, the colonoscopy helps your doctor determine if there is a change in the lining that could explain the symptom. Colonoscopy educational-video
ENDOSCOPY
Upper endoscopy is a procedure where your doctor uses a flexible camera to examine the lining of your esophagus, stomach and the first several inches of your small intestine (duodenum). If you have a symptom like bleeding or abdominal pain, the upper endoscopy helps your doctor determine if there is a change in the lining that could explain the symptom. EGD educational-video
FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY
Sigmoidoscopy is a procedure where your doctor uses a flexible camera to examine the lining of the last 1-2 feet of your colon or large intestine. If you have a symptom like bleeding or diarrhea, the colonoscopy helps your doctor determine if there is a change in the lining that could explain the symptom. If a growth is discovered, tissue samples can be taken for analysis.
WIRELESS CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY
Capsule endoscopy is a procedure where your doctor uses a swallowed wireless camera to examine the lining of your small intestine. This special pill-camera, which has its own battery, light source and lens, takes approximately 50,000 pictures of your intestinal tract. It creates streaming video that is wirelessly recorded by a recording device attached to a battery pack that you carry with you for a few hours. If you have a symptom like bleeding or anemia that could not be explained by colonoscopy or upper endoscopy, the capsule endoscopy helps your doctor determine if there is a change in the lining that could explain the symptom. http://static.sites.yp.com/var/m_1/12/127/11165380/426026-PillCam_SB_Patient_Brochure_(1).pdf
Hemorrhoid banding
Hemorrhoid banding is one of the most commonly recommended hemorrhoid procedures in the US and has been performed on millions of patients for many years.  We use a proprietary system that is a significant improvement over previous methods and combined with our expertise, allows us to treat all hemorrhoid patients safely, painlessly and effectively in our office, without surgery.
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Our Vision

Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, Inc. will be the premier gastroenterology practice in Northeast Ohio, caring for patients and their digestive health and disease.

In Business Since 2003

Business Hours
Mon - Thu: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat - Sun: Closed
Payment Options

Location


Akron Digestive Disease Consultants
West Akron

570 White Pond Drive, Suite 100
Akron, OH 44320
Telephone: 330-869-0124