Nizar Charafeddine, MD
Patients of Dr. Nizar Charafeddine benefit from his long experience and familiarity with the unique cases of each of his patients. He has served the Harris and Brazoria counties for the past 19 years and recently joined forces with Greater Houston Gastroenterology. He’s the only physician in the group to service Brazoria County.
“I chose gastroenterology because I understood the field intuitively,” he says. “As an internist, it came naturally to me as a subspecialty.”
Dr. Charafeddine is at the cutting edge of scientific practice of gastroenterology with continuous education and training. He specialize in in-office screening services including lab work, screening for genetic gastrointestinal disorders as well as upper GI endoscopies, video capsule endoscopy (Pillcam) to examine the small intestine, Smart pill for investigation of motility disorders and colonoscopies for colorectal cancer detection and prevention.
“Every patient has a unique set of circumstances and therefore are treated individually,” says Dr. Charafeddine. “It’s an exciting time to be a gastroenterologist,” he says, citing areas where recent advancements have made significant improvements for patients.
The Orbera Weight Loss Solution
Dr. Charafeddine is pleased to have started a multipronged approach to an increasing problem in our society: Obesity. The Orbera intragastric balloon is an interventional, endoscopic, non-surgical procedure to achieve weight loss. The procedure is indicated for qualified patients experiencing unsatisfactory results from diet and exercise. Performed under mild sedation, a soft silicon balloon is placed inside the stomach, through the mouth using an endoscope. The balloon is inflated with saline water to occupy a pre-determined amount of stomach space, giving a feeling of fullness. Along with long-term diet and behavior modification, the procedure has been highly effective in achieving significant weight loss. Dr Charafeddine is the only certified gastroenterologist in Brazoria County to perform this procedure.
Meet Dr. Charafeddine
Prior to moving to Houston, he obtained his internal medicine specialty training at the Johns Hopkins University Health System, Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. He then completed his three years postdoctoral fellowship in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Yale University. Dr Charafeddine is a member of the Harris County Medical Society as well as American College of Gastroenterology and the Crohn’s and colitis foundation of America.
New patients are welcome and can reserve appointments, often for the same day in urgent cases. A referral from a primary care physician isn’t necessary unless required by insurance. Greater Houston Gastroenterology in Pearland looks forward to taking care of you.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Schedule a screening colonoscopy if you:
- Are 50 or older and have an average risk of colon cancer
- Are 45 or over and are African-American
- Have symptoms such as a change in bowel movements or blood in the stool
- Have a family history of colon cancer or polyps and are over age 40, or within 10 years of a previous family member’s age of diagnosis
- Have a genetic link to colon cancer
- Have a personal history of colon cancer
- Have ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or Crohn’s disease
Nizar Charafeddine, MD
2813 Smith Ranch Road
Pearland, Texas 77584