Dr. Donald A. Garrow, MD

Dr. Donald A. Garrow, MD

40 reviews

Gastroenterology | Male | 43 years old

Dr. Garrow takes pride in providing world class local care,sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. He is committed to delivering quality, compassionate and dedicated care to all patients and our community.Read more

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in Venice, FL |
Dr. Garrow was a genuine answer to prayer. After another gastroenterologist wanted to send me to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, I sought a second opinion. That doctor said he couldn't help me. Then, my primary care physician found Dr. Garrow. He has been able to diagnose my problems and personally perform all of the advanced procedures that these other doctors could not perform. He has been wonderful at explaining my condition and providing the relief that I needed.
in Lake Suzy |
Dr. Garrow is a kind and patient Dr. he took me on as a patient to oversee my treatment while I am in Florida. He correctly diagnosed my problem and put me on the road to recovery. Thank you , Dr. Garrow .
in Port Charlotte, FL |
Dr Garrow treated me in the office and hospital. I was having problems with rectal bleeding. Several other doctors had seen me for the same issue and said it was hemorrhoids. A colonoscopy showed a bleeding blood vessel deep in my large intestine that he sealed up. Now, no more bleeding or transfusions.
in Fort Myers, FL |
Helped my Mom get better. Thanks Dr Garrow!
Sarasota, FL |
Wonderful doctor, took the time to listen and explain procedure. I feel much better afterwards, as promised!
Bronx, NY |
Did not read chart before , caused massive bleeding
Chart was reviewed in detail and discussed with referring physicians. Vomiting blood after a dilation procedure not unusual. Blood count was checked after symptoms occurred, it was stable and unchanged. Treatment was conservative and appropriate, no repeat procedures necessary. More post-procedural communication and reassurance by me was necessary in this case, I apologize.
in Rotonda West, FL |
May 2015, I had a kidney transplant. In November 2015, started developing morning stomach issues. My transplant center spent months trying different med combinations. In April 2016, they said, "It's not the meds" I scheduled an appointment and spoke with him - his comment was, "I can fix this" Had an endoscopy with ultra-sound. A week later, ERCP and shortly after that and a stent removal - I am fixed!
in Englewood, FL |
Referred to Dr Garrow for cyst on liver. He did ECRP, said cyst was on pancreas & was blocking bile duct, ordered 2nd ECRP to stint pancreas bile duct. Post op, he said: he could not get the stint in, made him look bad. In post op an extended period, to control pain. When contacted with pain several days post op, he told my wife I didn't go near your pancreas. Her hospital records now reflect a different surgery than was performed, Dr's notes do not match procedure authorized or performed.
We are sorry you feel this way, but your review does not accurately reflect what occurred, and therefore, also not our records, which are correct. We cannot discuss the details in an open forum due to patient privacy laws. If you would like to discuss your concerns, please call the office.
in North Port, FL |
Dr Garrow was a caring Dr who found what was wrong with my father after a miserable experience with another GI specialist while in Fawcett Hospital. I found him to be compassionate, willing to listen, and proactive in his care. Without Dr Garrow, my father would not be with us now. I cannot thank him enough!
in Englewood, FL |
I have been with Dr. Garrow for a few years. He works hard to make you feel comfortable and he listens to what you have to say. He never rushes you, even though he is very busy. He ask questions about what your problem seems to be and than he answers your questions, than he moves on to a treatment plan for you. I have been a difficult patient because of problems I have, but he is always courtesy and finds something that works for me. He never gives up. He is one Doc in a million.
in Venice, FL |
Really nice Doctor. Took great care of my husband and was able to fix him when other docs in the area couldn't. Cares about his patients and their families. Highly recommend.
in Punta Gorda, FL |
He listened to my symptoms, told me he thought it was my pancreas. I hadn't heard of the pancreas causing stomach problems before. He did an ultrasound scope procedure, showed me with pictures that it was my pancreas. Gave me a diet to follow, and medicine to take when needed. Feel best I have in over 10 years! Told my daughter to see him because she has same problems I do, even though she lives in Indiana she is coming to see him. Office staff very friendly.
in Sarasota, FL |
Saw him for colonoscopy, took out a large polyp. Recommended 3 year repeat procedure. Fuse scopes at surgery center very high tech, staff at center friendly.
in Sarasota, FL |
Dr Garrow saw my mother in the hospital. She had seen two other stomach doctors before. Dr. Garrow asked short questions, listened to her long responses. At the end he told us what he thought she had, did a procedure and that's exactly what it was! After 9 years of frustration, he found it in less than one day. He is very pleasant, easy to talk to and a world apart from others we've seen. We are forever grateful to Dr. Garrow.
in Englewood, FL |
Bradenton, FL |
After making monthly payments and attempting to contact the billing staff, with no success, they sent us to a collection company and charged us the fee!!!
in Ellenton, FL |
Dr. Garrow has resolved my nausea problem that at least 15 doctors in 3 states were not able to do! He is caring, thorough, knowledgable, and has literally given me my life back. I would highly recommend him, as one of the finest doctors I have worked with to date.
in Port Charlotte, FL |
We met with Dr Garrow and found out our insurance was not accepted last year. We were so impressed with his knowledge and bedside manner that we waited a year to have an ERCP with our new insurance. Dr Garrow is not only kind , but knows how to give you the assurance you need when going in for surgery. Thank you Dr Garrow and your entire staff for being AWESOME!!!
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Dr. Garrow's Care Philosophy

Dr. Garrow takes pride in providing world class local care,sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.  He is committed to delivering quality, compassionate and dedicated care to all patients and our community.

Dr. Garrow says...


  • Abdominal Pain Acute or Chronic Constipation
  • Anemia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Celiac Disease
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Colon Cancer/Polyps
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastritis
  • GERD
  • Helicobacter Pylori(H.Pylori)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • IBS
  • Pancreatitis(Acute and Chronic)
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Reflux
  • Swallowing Difficulties
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Garrow says...


  • Disorders of Pancreas and Bile Duct
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)


  • Balloon Enteroscopy
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy Screening and Diagnostic
  • Complex Dilation for Swallowing Dysfunction
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound(EUS)
  • ERCP
  • Esophageal Manometry
  • Esophageal pH
  • Fecal Incontinence Treatment
  • Hemorrhoid Banding
  • Sphincter of Oddi

Dr. Garrow's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Gastroenterology
  •  Board certified in Gastroenterology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Gastroenterology

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • All Types of Food Poisoning
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Food Poisoning
  • Gallstones
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders


  • Medical School
    Ross University / School of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

    Graduated in 2001

  • Internship Hospital
    University NC/New Hanover Reg Med Ctr

    Completed in 2004

  • Residency Hospital
    University Nc Chapel Hill/New Hanover Med Center

    Completed in 2004

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Med University SC

    Completed in 2010

  • Undergraduate School
    Suny Buffalo Millard Filmore Gates Hosp

    Graduated in 1997

  • Other Education
    MUSC Med Ctr

    Completed in 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology

Procedures Performed

  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • High Resolution Esophageal Manometry
  • Incontinence Surgery
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Pancreatic Endotherapy
  • Tube Feeding
  • pH Probe