About Gastro Associates

Our Physicians

Our Gastroenterologists Practice Excellence, Compassion, Integrity & Gratitude

At Gastroenterology Associates, P.A., our medical staff is composed of Gastroenterologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, certified medical assistants, nurses, and endoscopy technicians, who are all committed to treating our patients with kindness and respect. Our board certified physicians specialize in treating all types of acute and advanced gastroenterology disorders.

DR. MICHAEL L. CROWLEY
DR. MICHAEL L. CROWLEY

DR. RICHARD C. GREER
DR. RICHARD C. GREER

DR. AHMAD IDRIS
DR. AHMAD IDRIS

Dr. Michael W. Kelly
Dr. Michael W. Kelly

Dr. Will Perkins
Dr. Will Perkins

Dr. Perkins completed his residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in Winston Salem NC, earning the designation of Tinsley R. Harrison Translational Research Program Scholar. He was privileged to remain at Wake Forest for gastroenterology fellowship, where he trained with some of the leading endoscopist and clinicians in the field.

DR. JUDITH A. SPIVEY
DR. JUDITH A. SPIVEY

Richard Zander
Richard Zander

Dr. Zander received his undergraduate degree from the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He then moved his education to the Louisiana State University Medical Center, where he completed his Doctor of Medicine degree. He went on to complete six years of training at the University of Alabama, finishing up his internship, residency, and fellowship in gastroenterology before moving to the Greenville area in 1980. Dr. Zander states he chose the area after being very impressed by the progressiveness and quality of the medical community and hospital systems. He was also taken in by the quality of life in the Upstate.

Our Advanced Practice Providers

Why Does Gastroenterology Associates, P.A. Use Nurse Practitioners And Physician Assistants?

Gastroenterology Associates, P.A. Is A Specialty Practice.

Physicians divide their time between patients in the office, performing procedures and rounding at the hospital. Because their schedules are varied and rotate frequently, they may not always be available for an appointment that works with the patient’s schedule. To ensure your healthcare concerns are addressed in a timely manner, Gastroenterology Associates, P.A. employs Physician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP). They are sometimes referred to as Advanced Practice Providers (APP). These healthcare providers work closely with your physician to ensure that the care you receive follows the treatment plan designated by your physician.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants may also care for you in the hospital. Gastroenterology Associates, P.A. uses these providers to provide an additional level of care for their patients. Often they follow a patient from admission through discharge so that patients are seen each day by the same provider in addition to the physician who is “rounding” at the hospital. You might also be seen in the office by APP for hospital follow up care.

A Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner will not replace your regular physician, or perform procedures. You may see the NP or PA for medication refills or to review test results. A Physician Assistant is someone who has a degree from an American Medical Association approved school, and a Bachelors of Science or a Masters of Science Degree. They must pass national board exams and the Medical Practice Act exam. They can perform medical exams, order tests and prescribe certain medications. A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who has an advanced Masters in Nursing from an accredited school and takes national certification exams to become a RNP – Registered Nurse Practitioner. They can perform medical exams, order tests and prescribe medications.