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Specialized Gastrointestinal Help Now at Advance ER

Abdominal pain can be sudden and severe, throbbing and relentless, or progressively worsening. When you experience abdominal pain or gastrointestinal pain that interrupts your life, Advance ER is here to help. We are proud to announce the addition of a team of board-certified gastroenterologists to our revolutionary SPECIALIST NOWSM program.

I have abdominal pain, what should I do?

“If you have abdominal pain or gastrointestinal problems that are severe or nonstop, if you have terrible heartburn that’s out of control, or if you are experiencing any other kinds of pain, come to Advance ER right away,” said Advance ER physician Dr. Ronnie Shalev. “It could be a serious condition and we would want to evaluate you immediately.”

How do I know if I need a specialist?

At Advance ER, we have fast-tracked access to specialists through our groundbreaking SPECIALIST NOWSMservice. Whenever you, or your Advance ER board-certified physician, determine that a consultation with a specialist would be beneficial, you can be talking within minutes to that specialist.* If a gastroenterologist would be able to help diagnose your abdominal pain, then a call would be placed to an available specialist.

“Advance ER’s SPECIALIST NOW program is really quite amazing,” said Dr. Shalev. “It’s virtually unheard of to have such fast and easy access to a specialist at no additional office fee from that specialist. It adds a dimension to the care we are able to provide that goes well beyond the norm.”

What does a gastroenterologist do?

A physician specializing in diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions in the abdominal region is called a gastroenterologist. Abdominal pain can be one of the hardest conditions to diagnose since it could be any of a wide number of possibilities. A gastroenterologist knows the diagnostics involved in determining the cause of the pain.

What kinds of tests may be run to diagnose my stomach ache?

Depending on the severity and location of your abdominal pain or gastrointestinal pain, your physician may need to perform an ultrasound, colonoscopy, endoscopy or CT scan. A complete exam will be performed to aid in diagnosing and treating your condition.

Tell me more about SPECIALIST NOW

In our relentless pursuit of offering top quality medical care to our patients, we envisioned a service that quickly connected patients to a needed specialist. Pursuing this goal, we pioneered an innovative service that brought consultations with a specialist directly to our emergency rooms so the patient didn’t have to wait or be transported to another location.

“We’re very proud of our creativity in putting together an amazing array of healthcare services here so that we can bring the best possible care to our patients,” said Dr. Shalev. “If you are having abdominal pain or severe acid reflux, don’t hesitate to come to Advance ER for fast access to top care.”

Advance ER – the right care in the right place at the right time.

*Access to specialists through Advance ER’s SPECIALIST NOWSM program is contingent on the specialist’s availability.

Meet Dr. Shalev:

Dr. Ronnie P. Shalev is board-certified in emergency medicine and sees patients of all ages. Dr. Shalev received her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX.

Dr. Shalev completed her emergency medicine residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. After that, she returned to Texas to serve in emergency medicine as an attending physician.