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Nitesh Ratnakar, M.D. Re-Elected Governor of the American College of Gastroenterology

October 31, 2017

Dr. Nitesh Ratnakar

Elkins, WV – Dr. Nitesh Ratnakar, M.D., FACG has been re-elected to serve as the West Virginia Governor of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), a national organization representing more than 14,500 gastroenterologists and other specialists in digestive diseases. In this position, Dr. Ratnakar will play an essential role in communicating the ACG’s messages to and from ACG members in West Virginia, physicians, and policymakers.  ACG Governors also play an integral role in the College’s membership outreach activities. 

Dr. Ratnakar, a member of the Davis Health System medical staff since 2006, is board certified in gastroenterology, internal medicine and geriatric medicine. 

“We congratulate Dr. Ratnakar on his re-appointment as an ACG Governor,” said Davis Health System President and CEO Vance Jackson.  “He’s highly committed to his field and the advancement of best practices in gastroenterology and digestive diseases, a passion that he also brings to the patients of DMC.”

“It’s an honor to continue my service to the American College of Gastroenterology.  As an ACG Governor, I am part of a group of experts that examines how digestive medicine can improve health and health care at the local, state and national level,” said Dr. Ratnakar. 

Governors are ACG Fellows that are elected from the membership of a particular state or region. Dr. Ratnakar is one of 79 Governors elected across 7 different regions in the United States and abroad.  The mission of the ACG is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of scientific investigation, education, prevention and treatment.

Dr. Ratnakar completed his training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School where he also finished his training in advanced therapeutic endoscopy. He completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Chicago Medical School. He graduated medical school from University of Delhi / Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India.

He consults on all aspects of digestive and liver diseases, and has a special interest in therapeutic endoscopy, pancreatico-biliary endoscopy, colon cancer screening, non-surgical treatment of hemorrhoids and ablative therapy for Barrett's esophagus.  Additionally, he has specialized training and interest in Geriatric Medicine and the care of seniors with digestive and liver diseases.

Dr. Ratnakar is a member of the task force of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) on innovations in endoscopy, and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Ratnakar and Dr. Daniel Shats, M.D. provide medical care for a wide variety of digestive and liver diseases at WV Gastroenterology and Endoscopy located at 55 Chenoweth Creek Road, Elkins, and at Buckhannon Medical Care in Buckhannon.  Surgical care is provided at Davis Medical Center’s ASGE certified Endoscopy Center.