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Abhitabh Patil, M.D.
Dr. Patil was born and raised in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Florida in 2002. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine from University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2005. He completed three years of fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology from the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2008. He also completed an additional, optional training year in Advanced, Therapeutic Endoscopy (Interventional Gastroenterology) from Northwestern University in 2009. He has also completed training abroad to offer highly specialized endoscopic procedures (such as endoscopic submucosal dissection), not offered elsewhere in the region, to patients in Florida.
He served on faculty as an Assistant Professor and Director of Endoscopic Ultrasound at Rush University Medical Center from 2009 to 2012. He was also the program director for Interventional Gastroenterology and trained fellows in Advanced, Therapeutic Endoscopy. Dr. Patil has published several articles, book chapters, and research papers in the field of gastroenterology and therapeutic endoscopy. He has been in private practice since 2012. He is board certified in Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
Dr. Patil is currently the Chief of Gastroenterology and the Director of Endoscopic Ultrasound/Therapeutic Endoscopy at St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he helped develop a comprehensive, therapeutic endoscopy program. Together with his highly trained staff, he is able to provide complex, therapeutic endoscopic procedures to the greater Tampa Bay Area and surrounding regions. He also currently serves as the Medical Director for the St. Anthony’s Heartburn and Swallowing Center. Dr. Patil is an active member of the GI Tumor Board at St. Anthony’s Hospital, working together with Surgical Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Pathologists, Interventional Radiologists, and Oncology Nurses to provide individualized, state of the art treatments in the management of GI cancers.
Dr. Patil is also actively and passionately involved in the training of gastroenterology fellows and currently practicing gastroenterologists, both locally and nationally. He regularly gives lectures at the local, regional, state, and national level on various topics with a special focus on therapeutic endoscopy and has gained a national reputation for his work. Physicians from across the country often visit to observe and learn from him to gain knowledge and confidence in performing challenging endoscopic cases. Dr. Patil also gives lectures to the community to increase awareness and education on various, relevant topics. He has also given interviews on television to further this effort. Moreover, Dr. Patil maintains an active website on his YouTube channel (search “Abhi Patil”) where he posts various endoscopic cases to highlight techniques, approaches, and tricks to manage difficult conditions encountered by gastroenterologists in an ongoing effort to educate physicians.
Dr. Patil is fortunate to be joined by Kristin Paul-Smith, PA-C who has worked very closely with him since 2014. She completed her training at Nova Southeastern University in 2014 and obtained further training under the direct supervision of Dr. Patil. She works very closely with Dr. Patil, assisting him in the management of complex patients. Kristin has also been featured on teaching videos for anorectal manometry. She also actively participates in training programs offered by Dr. Patil and is extremely knowledgeable in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Interventional Gastroenterology. Together with Dr. Patil, Kristin offers kind, compassionate, state of the art treatment for various gastrointestinal disorders.
Dr. Patil’s areas of interest and expertise include colorectal cancer screening, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), pancreaticobiliary disease (disorders of the pancreas, bile duct, gallbladder, and liver), and gastrointestinal cancer (cancer of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, pancreas, liver, bile duct/gallbladder, and colon). He also specializes in state of the art, complex, therapeutic endoscopy and has pioneered innovative endoscopic techniques. He is a member of The American Gastroenterology Association, The American College of Gastroenterology and The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
To refer a patient for an Gastroenterology/Hepatology Appointment, please call 727-345-5500 and notify personnel of the need for a “New Patient Office Visit” to evaluate the problem. Please be prepared to bring with you any list of medications (including dosages and over the counter medications, and/or supplements), any recent endoscopy reports, labs tests, and imaging (CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, PET scan, etc. reports), as well as a list of your treatment team (primary care doctor, surgeon, oncologist, gastroenterologist, etc.). This will make the consultation more productive and comprehensive for you.
Patients who have complex endoscopic needs or who wish to avoid surgery, are too high risk for surgery, who have failed prior endoscopic treatment attempts, or who do not have any other treatment options are generally referred to Dr. Patil for Interventional Endoscopy by gastroenterologists, surgeons, oncologists, and their primary care physicians. He provides a critical service to the most complicated patients in hospitals within the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, as well as, external hospital systems and surrounding academic centers for his expertise in interventional endoscopy. While fulfilling this need, Dr. Patil is able to provide significant savings in healthcare resources by avoiding costly surgery, reducing the costs of hospitalization, and minimizing costs of management of post-surgical complications. Interventional Gastroenterology is a highly complex, high risk, field of medicine that requires additional training and expertise. As with any field, experience and training for these procedures is paramount. Patients and physicians are encouraged to ask their providers about their experience in treating these types of conditions and performance of these highly complex and challenging procedures.
Please note that endoscopic procedures are ever-changing, and so, if a procedure needed is not listed, simply inquire as to whether or not the service is offered. Below is a brief list of procedures and services offered:
i. Evaluate symptoms (weight loss, pain, diarrhea, etc.) or lab tests (elevated LFTs, etc.)
ii. Staging of lumen cancer (gastric, esophageal, pancreas, rectal)
iii. Evaluation of abnormal endoscopic findings (submucosal lesions, etc.)
iv. Screening for pancreas cancer for those at risk*
i. Biopsy of lesions (chest, abdomen, pelvis)
ii. EUS guided liver biopsy
iii. Celiac plexus neurolysis
iv. Sampling of pancreas cysts (risk stratification) & ablation*
i. Pseudocyst drainage
ii. Pancreatic necrosectomy
iii. Fiducial placement
iv. Radiofrequency ablation
v. Rendevous access for pancreas/biliary
vi. EUS guided gastrojejunostomy
vii. Gallbladder drainage
2. Therapeutic ERCP
a. Failed cannulation/difficult cannulation
d. ERCP complication management (migrated stents, perforation, etc.)
3. Stenting for palliation
a. Gastric outlet obstruction
b. Esophageal obstruction
c. Duodenal obstruction
d. Colonic obstruction
a. Removal of superficial neoplasms (esophageal, gastric, duodenal, colonic)
b. Difficult or large polyps
c. Radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s esophagus
d. Management of refractory colon polyps
a. Removal of advanced (invasive) neoplasms (esophageal, gastric, rectal)
b. Per-oral endoscopic myotomy for achalasia
c. Per-oral endoscopic pyloromyotomy for gastroparesis (N/V)
d. Zenker’s Diverticulectomy
6. High risk patients (anticoagulated, etc.)
a. Failed colonoscopy
b. Frail or elderly patients with severe comorbidities
c. Complex stricture management (esophageal, colonic)
7. ARMS for treatment of refractory GERD
8. Achalasia management
a. Pneumatic Balloon Dilation
9. Leak/Fistula/Perforation/Complication Management
a. Post-surgical complications
b. Post-bariatric complications
c. Interventional IBD management (stricture/fistula management)
d. Post-endoscopic complications (EGD, Colonoscopy, ERCP, EUS)
a. Esophageal manometry
b. Anorectal manometry
c. Bravo pH monitoring
11. Small bowel
a. Capsule endoscopy
b. Push enteroscopy
c. PEG-J tube extension
d. Nasojejunal tube placement
To refer a patient for an Interventional Gastroenterology Appointment for any of the above listed procedures or services, please call 727-345-5500 and notify personnel of the need for a “New Patient Specials Office Visit” to evaluate the problem. Please be prepared to bring with you any list of medications (including dosages and over the counter medications, and/or supplements), any recent endoscopy reports, labs tests, and imaging (CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, PET scan, etc. reports), as well as a list of your treatment team (primary care doctor, surgeon, oncologist, gastroenterologist, etc.). This will make the consultation more productive and comprehensive for you.
We make every attempt to schedule Interventional Gastroenterology patients within 1 week of receiving a request with the goal of completing care within 1-2 weeks of consultation. Please note that the need for additional testing, use of blood thinners, and scheduling constraints may alter these attempts.
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