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Center for Advanced Gastroenterology

by Jill Cousins

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Andria Mushahwar, MD, FACG, FASGE, and his fellow doctors at the Center for Advanced Gastroenterology (CFAGI) have the same goals for every patient, regardless of whether their visit is for a simple individual screening for a colonoscopy or for serious issues like inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis.

“If you come to see us, you can trust that we will do everything we can to prevent disease or cure your disease or manage it the best way possible to get you the quality of life you want and deserve,” says Dr. Mushahwar, known as “Dr. M” to his patients. “We’ll always do our best to offer a solution or a path to a healthy life.”

For more than 30 years, CFAGI has been helping patients with gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The group practice has its main office and surgery center in Maitland and has five satellite offices, including one in Lake Mary at the MedPlex Building on Lake Mary Boulevard. The practice offers hospital services, too.

In addition to Dr. M, CFAGI’s other doctors are Raouf Hilal, MD, AGAF, FACG; Joseph Quagliata, MD, FACG; and Paul S. Panzarella, MD.

“We’re like an alphabet soup,” jokes Dr. M, who was born in Jerusalem and grew up in the Washington, D.C., area.
Dr. M brings his cheerful disposition to all his patients. Some have treatable problems like heartburn, diarrhea, and constipation. Others have more chronic issues like colon cancer, viral hepatitis, or fatty liver disease.

“To me, I go in with the same attitude,” Dr. M says. “I look at all my patients the same way. It’s about where I want the patient to be. My goal is to give that patient the opportunity to have the best chance to achieve their goal – essentially to have a healthy life, like any other person.”

To achieve that goal, the doctors at CFAGI do everything they can to prevent, cure, and manage a wide variety of gastrointestinal maladies. Dr. M heads the center’s research department, where clinical trials help the doctors keep up with the latest treatments designed to prevent flare-ups and hospitalizations. 

“I love medicine more than anything else,” says Dr. M, who joined the practice in 2005. “When people ask me why I became a physician, I tell them it’s a path that enables me to help other people and guide them. And that’s what we do here every day.”

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