Dr. Spencer S. Root, MD

Dr. Spencer S. Root, MD

Gastroenterology | Male | 58 years old

Anything worth accomplishing requires effort, perseverance and self-sacrifice. I believe in the saying, ?no pain, no gain?. When it comes to your health, you are the most important ingredient for success.Read more

Franciscan Digestive Care Associates - Tacoma
1112 6th Ave Ste 200
Tacoma, WA 98405 Get Directions
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Anything worth accomplishing requires effort, perseverance and self-sacrifice. I believe in the saying, ?no pain, no gain?. When it comes to your health, you are the most important ingredient for success.Read more

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based on 11 total surveys (4 with reviews)
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Gig Harbor, WA |
My situation was based on emergency and I was scared. Dr. Root put me at ease and lifted my spirits. Very personable and explained things in terms I could understand. I'm happy to have him as my new "G.I. Guy".
in Port Orchard, WA |
Had lifethreatening issue that was the most painful problem In my entire life felt like being literally poisoned with strychnine for a year and a half no dr could figure out and i given up almost lost my mind He diagnosed/ comforted me and reassured me as if I was his own son Never Met a Dr who is so compassionate and reassuring He found that I was allergic to a precribed med from kitsap mental health if I wasn't blessed to find this dr Then I wouldnt be here now forever grateful! Thank you..
in Belfair, WA |
He took care of my husband during an E.R. visit at St Anthony's Hospital. He was very caring and was very helpful in setting us up with a surgeon. Made sure we were getting excellent care!
Missed my diagnosis completely.
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Dr. Root's Care Philosophy

Anything worth accomplishing requires effort, perseverance and self-sacrifice. I believe in the saying, ?no pain, no gain?. When it comes to your health, you are the most important ingredient for success.

Dr. Root'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 and Internal Medicine
  •  Malpractice claims in Washington not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal 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
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

Education

  • Medical School
    Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences

    Graduated in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Fitzsimons Army Med Center
    Letterman Army Med Center
  • Undergraduate School
    Uc Riverside

    Graduated in 1981

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hospital Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • ERCP With Spincterotomy
  • Endoscopic Polypectomy
  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Manometry
  • Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)