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10 FDHS gastroenterologists named Top Doctor

We’re pleased to share that 10 of our West Coast gastroenterologists have been named Top Doctors by SRQ Magazine. There is nothing more meaningful than the referral from a respected peer. The doctors honored in the Fall 2021 prestigious SRQ TOP DOCTORS | PEER REVIEW program have received the overwhelming support of colleagues in the medical professional communities of Greater Sarasota including Palmetto and Palmetto Bay, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Venice and North Port, Florida.

Learn more about our honorees below:

Dr. Ronald Andari, Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

What is unique about your practice that sets you apart?

I enjoy connecting with each patient and creating individualized treatment plans to help them lead a healthy, active life. In our practice, patients have access to highly advanced therapies and care without the need to visit a large hospital system or an academic medical center. We find that the outpatient setting allows for more coordinated, streamlined care that is convenient for the patient and their family members. The doctor-patient relationship also thrives. Personally, I find that this human connection, through compassion and alleviating human suffering, is what I love most of being a physician.

 

Dr. Marc Bernstein, MD, Sarasota

What does it mean to be recognized by your peers?

It’s been exciting to see local healthcare develop with Sarasota’s flourishing population. Our team continues to expand and innovate along with this growth to ensure our community has comprehensive medical resources nearby. My goal is to provide the highest level of evidence-based medicine to the region while remaining accessible to every patient. To be recognized as a Top Doctor is a distinct honor that I take great pride in, and I will work hard every day to continue enhancing the lives of SRQ citizens.

 

Dr. KR Byju, MD, Bradenton

What does it mean to be recognized by your peers?

It is an honor to be chosen as one of this year’s Top Doctors in Sarasota. My practice would not be the medical establishment it is without the enthusiasm and compassion of our dedicated employees.

Collaboration is a pillar of our practice and to be recognized by other nationally acclaimed providers is a distinct privilege. I am proud to be a part of Florida Digestive Health Specialists, a team that has become one of the largest GI practices in Florida. Grateful is an understatement to describe how it feels to be acknowledged by other highly esteemed physicians in my community. I will continue to go above and beyond to provide personalized care to our patients.

Dr. Michael Caire, Bradenton

What does it mean to be recognized by your peers?

It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for providing compassionate patient care and achieving the optimal, patient-centered outcomes. I am happy to share credit for that honor with my partners, because we are a collaborative team of gastroenterologists with expertise in a wide range of specialties within digestive health. We combine decades of experience with up-to-date training, and practice with a patient-centered approach. I believe in communication with patients and empowering them to become active participants in their care. I also appreciate the many doctors who have trusted me with the care of their patients and will continue to strive so they can remain confident we are taking great care of their patients.

Dr. Jasmine Dukandar, MD, Sarasota

How does your practice help to improve the lives of your patients?

I believe a healthy gut equals a happy life. The goal of my practice is to improve the lives of my patients through a patient-centered approach to digestive medicine. I design my practice around the needs of my patients, which often focuses on accessibility, excellent physician communication and high-quality, research-based care. Patient engagement is paramount to improved outcomes. Coupled with an individualized treatment plan, our integrated approach to gastroenterology care ensures our patients come first.

 

Dr. Arun Khazanchi, Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

How does your practice help to improve the lives of your patients?

My practice is an extension of my family and we’ve created a friendly, warm environment to ensure patients feel comfortable and welcome. Digestive health is a complicated specialty with countless varying factors; it’s paramount for patients to work with a gastroenterologist they trust. Our team of doctors trained at some of the best programs in the country and have experience treating a wide range of digestive illnesses. We prioritize education because when patients understand their diagnosis and treatment path, studies show there is an increased rate of recovery and wellness.

Dr. Tonantzin Matheus, Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

What is unique about your practice that sets you apart?

I treat patients at all stages of digestive health, from those who have been suffering for years to patients who are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms that are new to them. Each of them is seeking answers and a path to health. Our team takes the time we need to empathize and deeply understand our patients’ lives and the factors affecting their condition. Education is imperative to helping patients regain their quality of life. I strive to combine professionalism, advanced treatments and compassion to amplify our patient’s chance at a healthy, active life.

 

Dr. Avantika Mishra, Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

How does your practice help to improve the lives of your patients?

Diagnosing gastrointestinal issues can be very nuanced and layered; it requires paying key attention to patients’ symptoms while keeping in mind already diagnosed medical comorbidities. Patients need to know they’re heard and are working with someone that is invested in their care. An essential part of this doctor-patient relationship is continual patient education and engagement. As physicians, we need to constantly be talking to our patients about the importance of understanding symptoms and early screening. With this work, we can save lives.

 

Dr. Brent Murchie, MD, Sarasota

How does your practice help to improve the lives of your patients?

I have been practicing in Sarasota for the past six years and enjoy making a difference in the lives of my patients. In addition to my areas of interest, I provide compassionate, individualized gastroenterology care for all areas of digestive health. A patient-oriented bedside manner is paramount, and I take time to listen carefully to each patient’s concerns and symptoms. I treat my patients as individuals, and our team works closely together to provide the best possible, tailored care plan for each patient.

 

Dr. Michael Papper, MD, Sarasota

What is unique about your practice that sets you apart?

In part due to my background in psychology, I can offer greater insight into the mind-gut connection to help treat the patient as a whole, helping my patients live their best lives. I am passionate about the prevention of gastrointestinal malignancies and have nearly 15 years of experience performing over 45,000 screening and surveillance procedures.

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