GLOUCESTER, Va. – Riverside Gloucester Gastroenterology opened Jan. 28, enabling Middle Peninsula gastroenterology patients to see specialists closer to home. The practice is an extension of Riverside Williamsburg Gastroenterology, a full-service gastroenterology practice focused on the patient experience. 

Board-certified gastroenterologists Joseph Converse, M.D., Shahwali Arezo, M.D., and John Long, M.D., will see patients for gastrointestinal complaints, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), abdominal pain or lower bowel complaints. They will conduct screening colonoscopies, small bowel capsule endoscopies and esophagogastroduodenoscopies (EGDs), which examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine, at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.  

Opening a location in Gloucester expands the practice's coverage area, enabling more patients from the Middle Peninsula to benefit from Riverside's GI services. Dr. Richard Crowder, retired local Gastroenterologist wished to add his voice "to those welcoming Drs. Joe Converse, Shahwali Arezo, and John Long to the Middle Peninsula. While in practice, I had the privilege of sharing in the care of patients with Dr. Converse over many years.  I have a strong appreciation for the skill and compassion he and his associates bring to the care of their patients.  This is a welcomed addition to our community." 

 "We're excited about coming to Gloucester to bring quality patient care to that area," practice manager Vicky Coultrip said. "We've gotten a lot of requests from referring physicians who recognize the need in the community for this specialty. It will make it easier on the patient who lives in on the Middle Peninsula to not have to travel that far," she said. 

Dr. Converse founded the practice in 1989 and consistently receives patient-satisfaction scores of 96 plus percent, well above the national average. He completed medical school at West Virginia University and his residency and fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. 

Dr. Arezo, who has been practicing since 2001, joined the practice about three years ago after practicing in Virginia Beach for six years. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and completed his residency and fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

Dr. Long, who graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1989, joined the practice in December. His professional background includes faculty appointment with the academic centers of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Cincinnati. 

Gloucester Gastroenterology will see patients three days a week at the offices of Fredrick S. Arnold, M.D., of Riverside Walter Reed Urology, at 7552 Hospital Drive, Suite 302. Hours are Monday and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The phone number is 757-221-0750.

Published: February 4, 2013