Gastroenterologist joins Lakewood Ranch practice

Florida Digestive Health Specialists is pleased to welcome Dr. Avantika Mishra, a board-certified gastroenterologist, to our specialty network.

Dr. Mishra will be caring for patients in Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota.

Dr. Mishra graduated from Johns Hopkins University with honors and received her medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She then earned her Internal Medicine training at Georgetown University. She subsequently completed her sub-specialty training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, where she served as chief fellow in her final year.

Dr. Mishra’s practice includes general gastroenterology with a special interest in cancer prevention, esophageal and reflux disorders, liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease and women’s health. Her personal interests include spending time with her husband and family, traveling, and enjoying fitness and theater.

She will be caring for patients in Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota at the following locations:

  • 11505 Palmbrush Trail, Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202-2719
  • 5741 Bee Ridge Road Suite 550 Sarasota, Florida 34233

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mishra today.

Physicians take the Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge

Gastroenterologists and team members from Florida Digestive Health Specialists took on the Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge on Tuesday, August 6 to raise awareness for a little-known digestive disease. Gastroparesis is a debilitating disorder that paralyzes the stomach and slows or stops digestion entirely. Symptoms of gastroparesis can include severe vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain, malnutrition and dehydration.

Dr. Marc Bernstein took a pie in the face to raise awareness for Gastroparesis.

While studies estimate that 24 out of every 100,000 Americans have gastroparesis, it’s suspected that many more are suffering who haven’t been tested. Florida Digestive Health Specialists treats more than 500 patients every year with the disease.

“Gastroparesis can be devastating to quality of life and difficult to diagnose,” said Marc Bernstein, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Florida Digestive Health Specialists who participated in the challenge. “It’s important to raise awareness because patients can often suffer for years before seeking treatment.”

The Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge was started in 2016 by Andrew Belliveau, a young man in Massachusetts who was diagnosed with gastroparesis as a child. That same year, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders designated August as Gastroparesis Awareness Month.

SNN covered the challenge on their 5 p.m. broadcast and shared it on their Facebook page. Kris 6 News, a local TV channel in Texas, also picked up the story!

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