Wuesthoff Health System Welcomes Gastroenterology, Hepatology Specialist Akriti Dewanwala
By Space Coast Daily // August 8, 2017
received medical training at Maulana Azad Medical College in India
VIERA, FLORIDA – Wuesthoff Health System welcomes Akriti Dewanwala, MD, to its family of physicians. Dr. Dewanwala specializes in gastroenterology and hepatology.
After receiving her medical training at Maulana Azad Medical College in India, Dr. Dewanwala completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Buffalo-SUNY in Buffalo, NY.
Her practice focuses on the treatment and preventative strategies for such digestive disorders and conditions as Celiac disease, colon cancer, hepatitis and related liver problems, peptic ulcer disease, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease and swallowing difficulties.
Dr. Dewanwala’s interest in medicine extends back to her childhood in India, when she was going through an illness herself. The physician who treated her also gave her a stethoscope as a gift, something that had a deep emotional impact on her life. “From that moment on, I aspired to become the very person my family had admired and respected: a doctor,” Dr. Dewanwala said.
Gastroenterology and hepatology are fields of study related to digestive processes, including secretions of the liver, pancreas and other organs. These disciplines attracted Dr. Dewanwala because they entail a far-reaching range of activities beyond just office visits. “It was something I really liked,” she said. “You see patients in the office and you also conduct procedures that help those patients.”
Dr. Dewanwala has received training in upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel capsule testing, flexible sigmoidoscopy, esophageal dilation, hemorrhoid removal, as well as several other treatments and diagnostic procedures.
She explained that the nature of digestive diseases often involves long-term care, which requires a commitment over time. “It’s not just a quick office visit,” Dr. Dewanwala said. “Very often, you might have to spend much more time and effort working with these patients.”
An especially vital aspect to Dr. Dewanwala’s practice is empathy, she said. “One of the most important things is listening well. It’s not always about what you tell them, but also hearing about what they need,” she said. “I also emphasize self-management skills, what the patients are doing for themselves as preventative measures.”
Dr. Dewanwala’s office phone is 321-255-8008
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