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S. Gabe Saleeby
MD
March E. Seabrook
MD FACG
Eric J. Heinzelmann
MD
John W. Schaberg
MD FACG
Gene W. Stuart
MD
Rajeev, Vasudeva
MD FACG
 
James A. Richter
MD
Matthew N. Thoma
MD
Erick Singh
MD
 
Vasa W. Cate
MD Retired
Richard M. Lawson
MD Retired
 

Our Board Certified Physicians


Our Practice and Endoscopy Center has nine (9) board certified gastroenterologists with over 100 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders and diseases. Collectively, our physicians have performed over 100,000 high quality colonoscopies and endoscopies with extremely high patient satisfaction.

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S. Gabe Saleeby MD

I am committed to advancing clinical quality objectives in medicine and serving as a patient advocate to protect and strengthen important Medicare benefits, such as improving awareness and coverage for preventative screenings.

Hometown: Hartsville, SC
Undergraduate Degree: University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, Magna Cum Laude with BS in Biology
Medical Degree: University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, Cum Laude in Medicine
Residency: University of South Carolina, Columbia SC
GI Fellowship: University of South Carolina, Columbia SC
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Membership: SC Gastroenterology Association; SC Medical Association; Lexington Medical Association; American College of Physicians; American College of Gastroenterology
Noteworthy: Chairman of Clinical Quality Assurance Committee at Carolina Care Plan; SC Gastroenterology Representative on the Medicare Medical Advisory Committee
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

March E. Seabrook MD FACG

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US - and every four minutes, someone is diagnosed. Our state has a higher rate for those diagnosed with colon cancer than the national average. It is my life's work to do something to change that.

Hometown: Anderson, SC
Undergraduate Degree: Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, Cum Laude with a BS in Biology
Medical Degree: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia SC
Residency: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia SC
GI Fellowship: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia SC
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Membership: SC Medical Association; Lexington Medical Association; American Medical Association; American College of Gastroenterology; American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review
Noteworthy: Founding Member & Past President of the SC Gastroenterology Association; Past Chief of Medical Staff at Lexington Medical Center
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

Eric J. Heinzelmann MD

My gastroenterology fellowship at USC introduced me to South Carolina. Now I have the privilege of working in the Midlands every day. I can't imagine calling any other place home or caring for patients any where else.

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergraduate Degree: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL, Cum Laude with a BS in Chemistry
Medical Degree: University of South Alabama School of Medicine, Mobile AL
Residency: University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile AL
GI Fellowship: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Membership: SC Gastroenterology Association; SC Medical Association; American College of Gastroenterology; American Gastroenterological Association; American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; American Medical Association
Noteworthy: Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina; Chief of Gastroenterology at Dorn VA Medical Center.
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

John W. Schaberg MD FACG

Providing excellent gastrointestinal care to patients in the Midlands is my continual goal.

Hometown: Raised in a Navy family, living on the East and West Coasts
Undergraduate Degree: North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC; BS in Zoology
Medical Degree: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Residency: University Medical Center of Eastern Carolina, Greenville, NC
GI Fellowship: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia SC
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Membership: SC Gastroenterology Association; SC Medical Association; Lexington Medical Association; American Medical Association; American College of Physicians; American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; American Gastroenterological Association
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

Gene W. Stuart MD

Patients should expect their doctors to be healers, preventers, listeners and educators - which is my daily mission when caring for my patients.

Hometown: Greenville, SC
Undergraduate Degree: Duke University, Durham NC, BA in Political Science
Medical Degree: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC
Residency: University of Florida Health Science Center, Jacksonville FL
GI Fellowship: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Membership: American Gastroenterology Association; American College of Gastroenterology; American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; American Medical Association; SC Medical Association; SC Gastroenterology Association
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

Rajeev, Vasudeva MD FACG

Applying my academic medical background to private practice has enhanced my abilities to take care of difficult complicated patients. Having spent most of my career training other doctors to be gastroenterologists, I have realized that your endoscopy is only as good as your endoscopist. Be choosy. Ask questions.

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Medical Degree: Government Medical College, Amritsar Punjab, India
Residency: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH
GI Fellowship: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield IL
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Membership: SC Gastroenterology Association; SC Medical Association; American College of Gastroenterology; American Gastroenterology Association; American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Columbia Medical Society; Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
Noteworthy: Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology; Director, Gastroenterology Endoscopy Lab, Palmetto Health Richland; Past Professor of Medicine and Director for Division of Digestive Diseases & Nutrition for USC School of Medicine
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

James A. Richter MD

While giving my patients the personal attention, comfort, compassion and concern to meet their prevention and treatment needs, I will also strive to improve the quality of their lives through contributing research, continuing education and professional experience with the latest medical advancements and technologies.

Hometown: Fort Dix, New Jersey
Undergraduate Degree: Furman University, Greenville SC, BA in Health & Exercise Science
Medical Degree: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia SC, Magna Cum Laude in Medicine
Residency: University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
GI Fellowship: University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Internal Medicine
Membership: American College of Gastroenterology, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American Gastroenterology Association, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Noteworthy: Co-Author of Six Research Publications, Three Research Abstracts and Three Research Presentations
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

Matthew N. Thoma MD

With a subspecialty in Endoscopic Ultrasound and the first to offer this procedure in the Midlands, I am trained and experienced in providing a more detailed diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancers, chronic conditions of the pancreas and hepatobiliary system, as well as, nodules in the intestinal walls resulting in improved treatment outcomes.

Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina
Undergraduate Degree: The Citadel, Charleston SC, BS in Biology
Medical Degree: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Residency: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
GI Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Membership: American Gastroenterology Association; American College of Gastroenterology; American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Noteworthy: Chief Resident, Wake Forest
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

Erick R. Singh MD

Through my extensive training in gastroenterology and hepatology, with particular interest in pancreatobiliary and esophageal motility abnormalities, I strive to help and understand my patients while treating them with the respect, dignity, and compassion that they deserve.

Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
Undergraduate Degree: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, Cum Laude with BS in Chemical Engineering
Medical Degree: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
GI Fellowship: Georgia Regents University (formerly Medical College of Georgia), Augusta, GA
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine
Membership: American Gastroenterology Association; American College of Gastroenterology; American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Noteworthy: Co-Author of Three Research Publications and Two Textbook Chapters, 20+ Research Abstracts and Presentations
Hospital Affiliations: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital, Providence Northeast

Vasa W. Cate MD Retired

I was so fortunate to fulfill my dream of caring for others through the practice of internal and gastroenterology medicine. While I miss my many patients, I am enjoying retirement and spending more time with family and friends.

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergraduate Degree: University of SC, Columbia SC
Medical Degree: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia SC, Magna Cum Laude in Medicine
Residency: US Navy
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine
Membership: SC Gastroenterology Association; SC Medical Association; American Medical Association; American College of Physicians; American Society of Internal Medicine; BB&T Board of Directors; and Lexington County Gamecock Club (Past President)
Noteworthy: Founding member of Consultants in Internal Medicine, which later changed in 1991 to Consultants in Gastroenterology.
Medical Status: Retired

Richard M. Lawson MD Retired

Serving my community by providing care through my field of gastroenterology and internal medicine has been incredibly rewarding.

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University, Clemson SC (w/Honors); BS in Microbiology
Medical Degree: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Residency: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC
GI Fellowship: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC
Board Certifications: Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Membership: SC Gastroenterology Association; SC Medical Association; Lexington Medical Association; American Medical Association
Noteworthy: Board of Trustees at Lexington Medical Center; Past Chief of Medical Staff at Lexington Medical Center
Medical Status: Retired (effective 7/1/11)

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