Board-certified gastroenterologist Julian Deese, MD, said he bases his approach to medicine on "the importance of prevention and total body care, rather than just specialty care, and that prevention of disease is fundamental."As a gastroenterologist he performs colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer and also offers endoscopic procedures. He treats a wide range of abdominal ailments including esophageal reflux, constipation, diarrhea, gall bladder disease, pancreatitis, diverticulitis, irritable and inflammatory bowel, celiac disease, various cancers, hepatitis, cirrhosis and fatty liver, which he said has important links to liver cancer, diabetes and other conditions.
Board-certified in obesity medicine as well as gastroenterology, Dr. Deese said lifestyle change is key to long-term weight loss. "Any obesity therapy has to be a team approach. It has to be a time commitment, three to six months for most people, and a combination of nutrition, exercise and mindful eating."