The physicians of Gastroenterology Associates are pleased to welcome Dr. Luis Balart and Dr. Nathan Shores of Tulane University School of Medicine. Drs. Balart and Shores will be providing advanced hepatology and liver disease services at the Baton Rouge location of Gastroenterology Associates.
This affiliation represents a first for the Baton Rouge community. As a regional leader in the treatment of gastrointestinal and digestive disorders since its establishment in 1977, Gastroenterology Associates looks to continue providing the most comprehensive and complete medical care for the Baton Rouge area. The new inclusion of hepatology services at Gastroenterology Associates will allow patients the ability to locally and more conveniently manage their digestive, nutritional, and liver health within the Baton Rouge community.
Gastroenterologists treat conditions related to the digestive system, which includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum. Hepatologists are physicians who treat the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas. With the addition of two renowned hepatologists, further value will be added for new and existing patients in the greater Baton Rouge community with the addition of services in the diagnosis and treatment of:
• Viral Hepatitis
• Cirrhosis of the liver
• Liver Transplant evaluations
• Autoimmune Hepatitis, PBC, & Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
• Liver tumors
• Fatty liver and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
• Polycystic liver disease
• Other disease of the liver
• Difficult complications of liver disease: encephalopathy, ascites, and variceal hemorrhage.
Section Chief, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Tulane University School of Medicine
Dr. Balart received his medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA. He completed his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA and residency in internal medicine at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He completed fellowships in Gastroenterology at Ochsner Medical Institutions and in Hepatology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Dr. Balart is proud of his service in the Medical Corps of the United States Naval Reserve. He was president of the American College of Gastroenterology from 1999 to 2000 and also served as governor for Louisiana. He has been active in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases serving as chair of several committees. Dr. Balart remains very active in clinical research particularly in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C and B having been involved in many of the pivotal trials conducted over the past 25 years including the most recent trials of interferon free treatments. He has also been active in the investigation of new treatment alternatives for hepatic encephalopathy, variceal bleeding and thrombocytopenia and presented papers at national and international meetings. Currently, he is professor of Medicine and of Surgery at Tulane University where he serves as the section Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dr. Shores is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He did his undergraduate work at Wofford College and attended the Medical University of South Carolina for medical school where he graduated with first honors and AOA.
After completing his internal medicine residency at Duke University (Durham, NC), he was Chief fellow in gastroenterology at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). In 2011 he completed an ACGME accredited fellowship in transplant hepatology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Shores cares for all forms of liver disease and is particularly experienced in caring for severe complications of cirrhosis as well as state of the art treatments for viral hepatitis (HBV and HCV). He prides himself on patient education and strives to work closely with patients' primary physicians.
Drs. Balart and Shores will be available to see patients at Gastroenterology Associates beginning Wednesday, August 21. For a referral, please call toll free 855-827-4884.
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