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5250 Kietzke Lane, Reno, NV 89511
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Digestive Health Center can be found at 5250 Kietzke Lane . The following is offered: Doctors & Clinics . In Reno there are 310 other Doctors & Clinics. An overview can be found here.

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  • Thomas Caves, M.D.

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    Thomas C. Caves, M.D. grew up in San Diego with an interest in science and dreams of being a pharmacist. However, after spending some time in pharmacology, he realized he wanted more patient interaction, so he made the switch to medical school, completing his medical doctorate at New York Medical College. During his fellowship and residency at UC San Diego, a mentor encouraged Dr. Caves to pursue gastroenterology. That little nudge was all he needed to devote his career to the field, he recalls that pivotal moment, “[The gastroenterologists] seemed happy and the subspecialty was the right mix of procedures and patient interaction.” As his experience progressed in the field, Dr. Caves found that he especially enjoyed helping patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), conditions that when properly addressed can really transform a patient’s life, he says. Dr. Caves focuses on treating every patient equally, no matter who they are, what disease they have, or their health insurer. “I want to treat [each patient] as if they were one of my family members. I try to be personable, treat patients with respect, and be easy to talk to.” His specific areas of interest in gastroenterology are inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, nutrition, weight management/obesity, and clinical trials. Dr. Caves runs the clinical trials at Digestive Health Associates, which no other GI office does in northern Nevada. “We have a company that we contract with that provides the staffing while I provide oversight so that we can offer patients medications and care they otherwise would not have access to due to restrictions, stipulations, or lack of insurance coverage. Access to research sets us apart. We’ve been running clinical trials for about 5 years, and we always have between three and seven trials going at a time.” When he’s not in the office, Dr. Caves said, “I love to hang out with my family, and we’re all very outdoorsy. In the winter I like to snowboard, and in the summer I like to hike, camp, and play Frisbee golf.”

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  • Tomas Hinojosa, MD, FACG

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    Tomas Hinojosa, M.D., F.A.C.G. joined Digestive Health Associates in 1993. He served as President of the Nevada State Medical Association 2015-2016 and President of the Washoe County Medical Society in 2011. In the past, Dr. Hinojosa has served as Chief of Gastroenterology divisions at both Saint Mary’s Medical Center and Washoe Medical Center. For many years, he has organized a continuing medical education course held at Lake Tahoe and is involved with the Washoe County Medical Society. He enjoys all aspects of clinical and endoscopic gastroenterology. When he is not caring for his patients, Dr. Hinojosa enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. His whole family is active in sports, including tennis and wakeboarding on Lake Almanor.

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  • Erik De Jonghe, MD, MPH

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    Erik De Jonghe, M.D., M.P.H., decided to become a doctor because he liked the combination of using technical skills, science, and helping people. He began his career in the field of public health, working in the organizational aspects of tuberculosis control and the AIDS epidemic, and travelled extensively. He began work in gastroenterology while he was doing post-graduate research on Infectious Diseases and H. pylori. He found the field of gastroenterology to be fascinating. He has enjoyed his work for the past 20+ years. Dr. De Jonghe enjoys sharing what he has learned in Public Health with the gastroenterology residents he teaches at the University of Nevada Reno, and he still follows health policy issues quite actively. Although he specializes is general outpatient and hospital-based gastroenterology, Dr. De Jonghe keeps up to date with the various GI subspecialties. He is passionate about teaching how to use lifestyle modification and diet to combat obesity. As many scientific studies have shown, there is a strong relationship between obesity and certain chronic gastrointestinal problems, such as reflux. Proper nutrition and an active lifestyle can improve and even prevent many gastrointestinal and liver disorders. When he’s not practicing medicine, Dr. De Jonghe enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and pursuing outdoor activities such as swimming, running, hiking, and skiing.

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  • Sam Nourani, MS, MD

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    Sam M. Nourani, M.S., M.D. has a thirst for knowledge. He has been involved in some form of higher education (learning, teaching, researching or mentoring) for the past 25 years. His focus in the practice is for all aspects of interventional procedures; cancer staging, cancer resection, control of complicated bleeding, and advanced pancreatic and biliary procedures. He strives to be as minimally invasive as possible with his advanced procedures which in turn translates to faster recovery times while aiming to maintain maximum positive outcomes. When asked what sets DHA apart, Dr. Nourani relays the vast expertise of the physician group, stating, “We can do everything and provide the entire gamut of GI care and procedures. We are the only group in the state of Nevada that can provide this level of care.” In addition to his advanced therapeutic approach to GI procedures, he has an even greater passion for nutrition. With motivated patients he enjoys uncovering the root cause of their ailments, teaching life tools to help identify these factors, and working to make the changes necessary to transition off medications. “I look forward to providing you the best care possible for you and your family.”

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  • William Pfau, MD

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    William Pfau, M.D. has always been interested in science. He sought to be practical about what he had learned in biology and physiology, which led him to medicine. He went to medical school at the University of Kansas, did his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR), and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at UCLA. He said he chose gastroenterology because “those doctors seemed to know the most about how the body functions and about diseases.” He chose to join Digestive Health Associates (DHA) because when he did his residency at UNR, where he spent time shadowing the practice’s founding physicians. He experienced their reputation for quality firsthand, making it an easy decision to join the team in 2002. Today, he continues this legacy by mentoring UNR students that still come through the practice to learn. He says, “We continue to teach medical students, as well as Internal Medicine residents and family practice residents. We have for the past 25 years.” He relishes being a physician of DHA because “all of the physicians here hold each other to extremely high standards, and we take care of each other’s patients when necessary. I know that every one of my partners cares for my patients, just as much as I do. That is what sets us apart— quality care across the board.” He considers colon cancer screening the biggest technological leap in gastroenterology. “When colon cancer screening began, it seemed like the right thing to do, but we didn’t have a lot of concrete data behind it. Now, we have data to show that removing polyps in screening colonoscopies leads to lower cancer rates. It is very gratifying and fantastic news for patients.” The majority of Dr. Pfau’s cases are general gastrointestinal issues, but he also enjoys treating esophageal motility disorders and the endoscopic treatment of hemorrhoids. When he’s not working, Dr. Pfau enjoys playing the piano, running half marathons, and spending time with his four children.

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  • Jennifer Racca, MD

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  • Paul I. Sheykhzadeh, DO, FCAG

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    Paul I. Sheykhzadeh, D.O., F.C.A.G grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and he was drawn to medicine because he liked the intellectual challenge of figuring out someone’s life problems and then helping them navigate how to deal with those problems. He completed a B.A. in Physiology at UC Berkley, followed by a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He fulfilled his internship and residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He says that he chose the field of gastroenterology because of the balance it provides between office-based and hospital-based patient care, as well the opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures that could ultimately lead to a life-changing treatment plan for the patient. His ultimate goal in gastroenterology is to provide excellent quality and compassionate care to his patients. His professional interests include therapeutic pancreatic and biliary endoscopy, viral hepatitis and general gastroenterology. He says his favorite procedure—if he has to name one—is performing ERCP, which is an endoscopic test to check the tubes (ducts) that drain the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. He also enjoys procedures that help diagnose and treat bile duct stones, biliary obstruction, and chronic pancreatitis. Dr. Sheykhzadeh is proud to be involved in medical staff leadership. He recently advanced to Chief of Staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Reno, in addition to being a Governing Board Member. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada – Reno School of Medicine and a fellow at the American College of Gastroenterology. When asked what he likes most about being a partner at Digestive Health Associates and Endoscopy Center, Dr. Sheykhzadeh was quick to point to the personalities of the doctors and staff. “We can provide patient care that is excellent in quality with outstanding technical abilities while also being warm, friendly, and easy to relate to,” he said. He also added that the entire practice participates in ongoing clinical research so that they can keep up with new developments and treatment options for any gastrointestinal issue. In his time away from the practice, Dr. Sheykhzadeh enjoys outdoor activities, including mountain biking, road cycling, climbing, skiing, and kite surfing. He is also a volunteer deputy sheriff at the Washoe County Sherriff’s Office on the Search and Rescue Team.

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  • Ronald Sobczak, MD, FACG

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    Ronald Sobczak, M.D., F.A.C.G. is one of the original four founding physicians of Digestive Health Associates and Digestive Health Center, and he credits his mother with encouraging him to become a doctor. His first foray into the medical field was volunteering in the emergency room of a local hospital, and he knew by age 18 that he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. He received his Medical Doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and chose gastroenterology as a specialty because he felt it was a “combination of hands and brain – surgery is all hands, and internal medicine is all brains.” He has vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all areas of gastroenterology. When Dr. Sobczak began to practice medicine in Reno, he was the fourth gastroenterologist to have an independent practice in town. He first teamed up with one of the other three independent physicians at that time in October of 1985 to open the practice Digestive Health Associates, and it grew steadily. He founded Digestive Health Center in 1995. When reflecting on his career in gastroenterology, Dr. Sobczak said “Everything has changed! For example, treatment for chronic hepatitis C has done a complete turnaround. It has absolutely transformed how we treat the disease.” In addition to his practice, Dr. Sobczak is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada – Reno School of Medicine, and he serves on the Nevada state task force for colon cancer prevention. He has been Chief of Staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in the past, and has hospital staff privileges at six hospitals in Northern Nevada. When he’s not working, Dr. Sobczak enjoys home improvement projects and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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  • George Vagujhelyi, MD

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    George Vagujhelyi, M.D., affectionately known as “Dr. V,” achieved his medical doctorate at Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University in Hungary. He did his internship and residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine – Reno, and while he was there, he heard a lecture on hepatology (the study of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas) that determined the course of his career. He realized that gastroenterology offered him everything he was seeking in a fulfilling medical career. After he completed his residency, he pursued a fellowship at Tulane in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Vagujhelyi enjoys treating liver diseases, such as hepatitis, liver failure, and biliary evaluation. When asked about awards he has received or important career accomplishments, he just smiles and says, “I’m just happy to make people feel better.” And his personal ‘motto’ that he tries to pass on to his patients? “Never give up!” His favorite thing about Digestive Health Associates (DHA) is the diversity of the physicians. “We’re basically the United Nations here at DHA,” he said, pointing out that he speaks Hungarian, another doctor at the practice speaks German, and that there are physicians of Polish, Hispanic, and Japanese heritage. When he’s not working, Dr. Vagujhelyi likes skiing, swimming, running, playing both water polo and soccer, and spend time with his two sons. He has coached one son’s soccer team for the past 10 years, and he enjoys the opportunity to mentor the kids on the team, who come from many different walks of life. Dr. Vagujhelyi credits his father with motivating him to stay active. “My 77-year-old dad set the bar pretty high, because he still plays soccer with my kids!”

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  • Dennis Yamamoto, MD

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    Dennis Yamamoto, M.D. interest in medicine came late in his educational pursuits, and even a bit unexpectedly, when as a graduate student at Michigan State, a friend suggested they take jobs as orderlies at the local hospital. He seized the opportunity to work in a hospital and soon found that medicine was the career he never knew he always wanted. He pursued his Medical Doctorate at Michigan State, and chose gastroenterology as his subspecialty, fascinated by the field’s potential for exploring a variety of interventional therapies. Dr. Yamamoto did his internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, where he was Chief Resident and worked for six years after graduation as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Staff Gastroenterologist. In 1985, he was among the founding physicians of Digestive Health Associates. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada – Reno. He is on the Board of Directors at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, as well as being the Chief of Staff at St. Mary’s from 1996-1998. He has also been on St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Foundation Board since 1999. In addition to his work at St. Mary’s, Dr. Yamamoto is also on the board of directors for the Community Health Alliance in Reno. His specialty is in the treatment of Celiac Disease, and he hosts speaking engagements each a year on Celiac Disease. The biggest advancement in gastroenterology obeserved in his lifetime is a curative treatment for hepatitis C, which can now be cured 95 percent of the time. He’s also amazed at the minimally invasive techniques available to make diagnoses, and the patients’ accessibility to information. Dr. Yamamoto is proud to be part of Digestive Health Center because they’re easy to deal with. “We’re easy to access and personable. In the impersonal world of medicine, we’re trying to give that personal touch.” When he’s not working, Dr. Yamamoto is an avid golfer. He loves to compete in local golf tournaments while also crafting golf clubs himself.

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