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G.I. Associates of West Alabama, P.C. is the premier subspecialty gastroenterology practice for Tuscaloosa and surrounding communities in West Alabama. Our mission is to provide expert subspecialty services to Tuscaloosa and West Alabama community. Our doctors are fully board certified in gastroenterology and maintain a current knowledge medical news, technology, and gastroenterology procedures. Our staff and business office invite you to contact us and make an appointment today!

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Meet our team of board certified physicians

Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine whereby the digestive system and its disorders are studied.

Donnie R. Smith, MD

Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1980. He works in Tuscaloosa, AL and specializes in Gastroenterology. Dr. Smith has hospital privileges at DCH Regional Medical Center.

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W. Gardner Rowell, MD

Dr. Rowell graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1982. He works in Tuscaloosa, AL and specializes in Gastroenterology. Dr. Rowell has hospital privileges at DCH Regional Medical Center.

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C. Donald Howe, MD
C. Donald Howe, MD, PharmD

Dr. Howe graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Memphis in 1987. He works in Tuscaloosa, AL and specializes in Gastroenterology. Dr. Howe has hospital privileges at DCH Regional Medical Center.

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S. B. Sundar, MD

Dr. Sundar graduated from Madras Medical College, Chennai. He has received the Patients' Choice Award (2012, 2014) and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award (2012, 2014).


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J. DeWayne Tooson, M.D.
J. DeWayne Tooson, MD, FACP, FACG, CPE

Dr. Tooson specializes in gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer prevention, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Tooson serves on the clinical faculty of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He also serves as chief administrative officer of North River Surgical Center. Dr. Tooson has hospital privileges at DCH Regional Medical Center.

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Michael L. Palmer, MD
Michael L. Palmer, MD

Dr. Palmer works in Tuscaloosa, AL and specializes in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Palmer has privileges at DCH Regional Medical Center.

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Jennifer Palmer, MD
Jennifer R. Palmer, MD

Dr. Palmer graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport in 2009. She works in Tuscaloosa, AL and specializes in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.

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Treatments and Procedures

G.I. Associates of West Alabama can perform the following gastrointestinal treatments and procedures:

Endoscopic Ultrasound
Upper GI Endoscopy
Small Bowel Enteroscopy
Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Endoscopic Ultrasound

What is an Endoscopic Ultrasound? Endoscopic ultrasound, also known as EUS or endoscopic ultrasonography, is a test that gastroenterology specialists can use to diagnose problems of the gastronintestinal (GI) walls and surrounding organs like the liver, pancreas,…

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Upper GI Endoscopy

What is upper endoscopy? Upper endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Your doctor will use…

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Small Bowel Enteroscopy

What is a small bowel enteroscopy ? A small bowel enteroscopy allows a physician to navigate the entire small bowel from either an oral or rectal approach, enabling┬áthem to perform both diagnostic and therapeutic techniques within the…

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Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy

What is Capsule Endoscopy? Capsule Endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileum). Your doctor will give you…

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a routine outpatient procedure in which the inner lining of the lower large intestine is examined. Flexible sigmoidoscopy is commonly used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or changes in…

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