Dr. Basil Al-Awabdy, MD

Bio

Dr. Al-Awabdy is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and completed post-graduate work in biochemistry. During that time, he worked at The Carter Center’s Mental Health Department overseeing various public health projects and volunteered at both Emory University Hospital and Egleston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Al-Awabdy completed his medical degree at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga., where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and served as vice president for the local chapter of the American Association of Family Physicians. He also chartered and led a student-run free clinic for uninsured workers and volunteered at other clinics during medical school. Following his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Dr. Al-Awabdy completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). While at UAB, he served for three years as an instructor for the School of Medicine’s introductory course to clinical medicine. In addition, he presented at various national events and was published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for his collaborative research on the use of removable self-expanding metal stents for benign esophageal diseases. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American College of Physicians, and has held various leadership positions for local chapters of the American Medical Association. In addition to general gastroenterology, Dr. Al-Awabdy has a special interest in liver disease and therapeutic endoscopy.

Specialties:

  • gastroenterology

Affiliation:

  • Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates

Location:

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Colon / Rectal Surgery:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may be performing too many repeat colonoscopies on people who've had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening, a new Norwegian study suggests.

    Many of these patients have no greater risk of dying from colon ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncologic Surgery:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Botox, the wrinkle fighter, might be a cancer fighter, too, according to a new animal study.

    Researchers working with mice are using Botox to try to combat stomach cancer by silencing nerves that connect to tumors. The work is still in its very...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A screening test for colorectal cancer that can detect red blood cells and abnormal DNA in a person's stool has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The noninvasive Cologuard test can be performed at home and has shown more t...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Newly released guidelines for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and a type of constipation known as chronic idiopathic constipation reveal a number of proven treatments for these two common conditions.

    "There's a greater variety of approac...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Analyzing the composition of people's collection of gut bacteria -- also called the gut microbiome -- can help improve identification of those who are at risk for, or already have, colon cancer, according to a new study.

    ...Full Article
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    FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.

    These fluctuations could lead to monitoring systems that might help detect and ease flare-ups for peo...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad news about antibiotic resistance among the germs that cause foodborne illnesses, a new U.S. government report released Tuesday shows.

    "Our latest data show some progress in reducing resistance among some germs that make ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The "brain fog" experienced by many celiac disease patients seems to improve as their intestines heal after adopting a gluten-free diet, a small new study suggests.

    Australian scientists found that banishing gluten -- a protein found in wheat, b...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Hepatology:

    WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The liver-damaging hepatitis C virus may come with an unexpected benefit for patients who need a liver transplant due to the infection, a new European study reports.

    The virus appears to restrain a dangerous immune system response that can oth...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend the lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer, a new study suggests.

    But at least one cancer doctor not involved with the study was skeptical of the research and its conclusions.

    The stu...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A popular class of drugs used to treat inflammatory bowel disease isn't linked to an increase in the short-term risk of cancer, Danish researchers report.

    Researchers found that people with Crohn's disease or colitis who received the drugs -- t...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with heartburn aren't taking their acid-reducing medicine at the right time, which makes the drugs less effective and wastes money, according to new research.

    Only about one-third of those buying these med...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Fitness:

    TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can increase the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, possibly boosting the immune system and improving long-term health, British researchers report.

    High levels of dietary protein might have the same effect...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pharmacology:

    THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Countries with low rates of the ulcer-causing bacterium H. pylori tend to have high rates of obesity, a finding that researchers say they see as more than a chance correlation.

    Looking at 49 studies from Australia, Europe, Japan and the Un...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat adults with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The agency said Tuesday that injections of Entyvio (vedolizumab) can be used to treat patients with moderate to se...Full Article