Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine dealing with the disorders of the digestive system which include the organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal, including organs of digestion such as the liver and pancreas.

The term disease broadly refers to any condition that impairs normal function. It is often construed to be a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs. It may be caused by external factors, such as infectious disease, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases. In humans, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, and/or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections. Isolated symptoms, deviant behaviours, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. Diseases usually affect people not only physically, but also emotionally, as contracting and living with many diseases can alter one's perspective on life, and their personality.

There are four main types of disease: pathogenic disease, deficiency disease, hereditary disease, and physiological disease. Diseases can also be classified as communicable and non-communicable disease.

Physicians practicing in this field of medicine are called gastroenterologists. Hepatology, or hepatobiliary medicine, encompasses the study of the liver, pancreas, and biliary tree, and is traditionally considered a sub-specialty. Gastroenterology is not the same as gastroenterological surgery or of colon and rectal (proctology) surgery, which are specialty branches of general surgery.

Our Doctors Specializing In Gastroenterology

Dr Anand Bhupalan

MBChB (Liverpool), FRCP (London)
Specialty: Gastroenterology, Intervention Endoscopy
Location : Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Dr Jason Chin Kuet Tze

MBChB (Liverpool), FRCP (London) AM
Specialty: Gastroenterology, Interventional Endoscopy
Location : Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Dr Damian Wong Nye Woh

MBBS (Malaya), MRCP (UK), FRCP (Glasg.), FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lond), FAMM
Specialty: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Location : Island Hospital Penang