Wheeling, WV – Nitesh Ratnakar, M.D., FACG has been elected to serve as the West Virginia Governor of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) a national organization representing more than 13,000 gastroenterologists and other specialists in digestive diseases. In this position, Dr. Ratnakar will play an essential role in communicating the ACG’s messages to and from ACG members, physicians, and policymakers. Governors also play an integral role in the College’s membership outreach activities.
Dr. Ratnakar, a digestive disease specialist at Valley Gastroenterology & Endoscopy, is board certified in gastroenterology, internal medicine and geriatric medicine. He is a member of the medical staff at all local hospitals in the Ohio Valley.
“I am honored to have been elected by my fellow physicians to represent them at the American College of Gastroenterology. I will do my utmost to promote the patient centered mission of the ACG and represent the interests of patients and Gastroenterologists in West Virginia at local, state and national level” said Dr. Ratnakar. “I believe our challenges are great as health care is going through immense changes that impact the practice of medicine. I am confident that Dr. Ratnakar will effectively carry forward the agenda of the American College of Gastroenterology to improve both the delivery and quality of healthcare to the residents of West Virginia” commented Dr. Faisal Bukeirat the outgoing Governor of the ACG.
Governors are ACG Fellows that are elected from the membership of a particular state or region. Dr. Ratnakar is one of 76 Governors elected across 7 different regions in the United States and abroad. The mission of the ACG is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of scientific investigation, education, prevention and treatment.
Dr. Ratnakar completed his training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School where he also finished his training in advanced therapeutic endoscopy. He completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Chicago Medical School. He graduated medical school from University of Delhi / Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India.
Dr. Ratnakar, consults on all aspects of digestive and liver diseases. Dr. Ratnakar has a special interest in therapeutic endoscopy, pancreatico-biliary endoscopy, colon cancer screening non-surgical treatment of Hemorrhoids and ablative therapy for Barrett’s esophagus. Additionally, he has specialized training and interest in Geriatric Medicine and the care of seniors with digestive and liver diseases. Dr. Ratnakar is a member of the task force of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) on innovations in endoscopy, and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Dr. Ratnakar and other physicians of Valley Gastroenterology & Endoscopy including Daniel Shats, M.D. and George Goetz, M.D.; Ph.D. along with Kirby Fazio, FNP-C and Renea Jones, FNP-C provide medical care for a wide variety of digestive and liver diseases at office locations in Wheeling, St Clairsville, Weirton, Glen Dale, Martins Ferry and Bellaire; and at all local hospitals in the region.