Dr. I. Wall D.O (Gastroenterologist)

Dr. Wall received his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Maimonides Medical Center and Transplant Hepatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a second Clinical Fellowship in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Internal Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center. He has been practicing for 14 years and is affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital and Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

What types of gastroenterology services are offered?

The gastroenterology team at First Medcare is skilled in a wide array of diagnostic and treatment options for all types of GI issues, including:

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn's disease
  • liver disease and disorders
  • pancreatitis
  • ulcers

The practice uses the most advanced equipment and techniques for endoscopy, colonoscopy and other techniques for accurate diagnosis and treatment of these and other GI issues.

How often should I be screened for colorectal cancer?

Colon cancer screening should be performed every ten years beginning at age 50, and earlier and more often for patients with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). During the screening, a flexible scope will be inserted through the anus and a tiny camera will be used to transmit images from inside the rectum and colon back to a video monitor so the doctor can look for polyps and other abnormalities. Special instruments can be used to remove polyps and take tissue samples for additional evaluation.

What is GERD?

GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, a chronic condition that occurs when stomach acid moves backward from the stomach into the esophagus. Over time, the acid can begin to erode the lining of the esophagus, causing permanent tissue damage and increasing the risk of esophageal cancer. While symptoms of GERD may be managed with over-the-counter products, it is a serious condition that requires medical management to prevent serious complications from developing. GERD is typically diagnosed with a review of symptoms followed by an endoscopy to evaluate the lining of the esophagus.