Theodore James, MD, MSc of St. Joseph Gastroenterology
What drew you to medicine?
It is a cliché, but it is true – I was drawn to a profession that took advantage of my abilities and interest in helping people.
Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology?
I really enjoy forming lasting, meaningful relationships with patients. Gastroenterology is a field that mixes procedural care and long-term clinic-based care in a way that encourages building relationships with patients and learning about their lives in order to provide the best care possible.
If a patient is looking for a digestive health specialist, what should they consider?
If a patient is looking for a specialist, they should specifically look for two things:
What are your recommendations to help patients stay well?
To stay well, patients should focus on a few different areas. I recommend:
What type of conditions do you treat/procedures do you do?
My office practice is focused on three primary areas: patients with liver disease such as cirrhosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver cancer; patients with inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative colitis; and patients with diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts such as those with chronic pancreatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and pancreatic cancer. Beyond this, I care for patients with acid peptic disorders, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
I also perform:
If people are experiencing any type of digestive health issue, I encourage them to be seen. Even without symptoms, screenings can help identify pre-cancerous conditions that can be successfully treated before an invasive cancer has developed.
You recently joined the St. Joseph Healthcare team – why?
St. Joseph’s senior leadership team is made up predominantly of clinicians an important mark of connection to patient-focused care. In addition, the team’s approach to daily operations and management is refreshing. The priority is providing high-quality, technologically advanced, compassionate care for all those we serve. I enjoy practicing in Maine and bringing patients services that are not always available in rural communities.
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