Johnston Health recruits gastroenterologist

From News ReleaseNovember 8, 2013 

People suffering from liver, pancreas and gallbladder disease now have more treatment options available in Johnston County.

Dr. Raj Majithia, a gastroenterologist, has set up practice in Suite 1600 of the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield. In addition to treating general digestive and liver disorders, he will be performing an advanced procedure called ERCP, which stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram.

ERCP combines the use of a flexible, lighted scope with X-ray pictures to examine the tubes that drain the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Majithia says the procedure is helpful in the diagnosis of disease and the detection and removal of gallstones and abnormal growths. It can also be used to insert stents into narrowed bile ducts.

Majithia grew up in Virginia Beach, Va. His interest in medicine came from his father, a business owner who enjoyed the sciences and, at one time, aspired to be a doctor.

In 1999, Majithia was one of seven high school students accepted into a program that guaranteed direct admission into medical school. After three years of undergraduate study at Old Dominion University, he graduated in 2002 with highest honors.

While attending Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., Majithia was mentored by Dr. David Johnson, the former president of the American College of Gastroenterology and a well-respected national thought leader in gastroenterology.

Majithia completed his residency training in 2010 at Eastern Virginia and went on to complete a fellowship with a special focus on advanced endoscopy at Georgetown University and Washington Hospital Center.

He is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in gastroenterology.

Majithia says he chose to practice gastroenterology in Smithfield because it provided the “perfect balance of patient interaction, cognitive and procedural medicine.”

He said he looks forward to meeting patients and building his practice.

“I think it’s important to spend enough time with patients to get to know them,” Majithia said. “I treat them as if they’re my own family members.”

Majithia and his wife, Namrata, a clinical research coordinator, live in Raleigh.

To schedule an appointment, call Johnston Medical Associates-Gastroenterology at 919-938-7182.

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