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 Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, April 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children suffering from irritable bowel syndrome are four times more likely than other kids to have a condition called celiac disease -- an allergy to gluten -- Italian researchers report.

    More than 2 million people in the United States have celi...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to the communities of helpful bacteria living in and on people, "one-size-fits-all" is definitely not the rule, a new study finds.

    A team at the University of Michigan found wide variation in the types of bacteria that healthy p...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia may underestimate how long their recovery will take, new research indicates.

    Hernia surgery involves closing a gap that has formed in the muscle walls of the abdomen. This common procedure...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your risk of developing colon cancer may depend partly on having a doctor who often spots precancerous growths during patients' colonoscopy screenings, a new study suggests.

    Colonoscopy is one of the ways doctors screen for colon cancer. It's e...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Recent research has raised the possibility that low-dose aspirin could add extra years to the lives of colon cancer patients. Now, a new study suggests that only certain patients may gain a survival benefit by taking aspirin after diagnosis.

    Th...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with celiac disease have a nearly twofold increased risk of heart disease compared to those without the chronic digestive disorder, according to a new study.

    Researchers analyzed data gathered from nearly 22.4 million people, aged 18 and...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gut bacteria influence the production of immune cells that act as the first line of defense against infection, a new mouse study finds.

    If validated in humans, the findings eventually could lead to new therapies to sustain and increase people's i...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a new at-home stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.

    The 10-member committee said the benefits of Exa...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer is missed in about 6 percent of colonoscopies, according to a new study.

    "Not only did we find that colonoscopy isn't perfect, we discovered a number of factors associated with these 'missed' cancers," study lead author Dr. N....Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new at-home stool test screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy, researchers report.

    "That kind of result is really unprecedented for a noninvasive stool-based screening," said study co-author Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, di...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The community of bacteria that typically live in the human gut is radically altered in patients with Crohn's disease, a new study shows.

    Overall, patients with Crohn's have less diversity among their intestinal bacteria than healthy individual...Full Article

  • Basil  Al-Awabdy, MD

    Crohn’s disease is a chronic autoimmune disease – meaning the immune system attacks the body’s own cells – that affects the gastrointestinal tract. It, along with ulcerative colitis, makes up the inflammatory bowel disease family. Although it can occur in any part of the gastrointestinal tract, Croh

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  • Basil  Al-Awabdy, MD

    An endoscope is a flexible tube with a tiny camera and light at the end so a physician can view the inside of the upper gastrointestinal tract. As the physician moves it through the upper GI tract, electronic signals are transmitted from the scope to a computer that displays the image on a video

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  • Basil  Al-Awabdy, MD

    Celiac sprue (commonly called celiac disease) is a medical term that describes a condition found in individuals with an allergy or sensitivity to gluten – a dietary protein found in wheat, barley and rye. There is no cure. The only way to prevent the allergic reaction is to follow a gluten-free diet.

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  • Basil  Al-Awabdy, MD

    GERD is caused when the lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t completely close after swallowing and acidic gastric contents irritate the esophageal tissue. Since esophageal tissue is not capable of handling acidic content, irritation occurs and is felt through a variety of symptoms. Primarily, patients

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