Digestive Health Associates

Southwest Endoscopy Center

Digestive Health Associates, Professional Corporation
A Private Practice Limited to Consultative Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and Hepatology
Serving the Four Corners area of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona since 1983

Board Certified Specialists in Gastroenterology
   Recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for promoting quality in endoscopy
    AAAHC-accredited Endoscopy Center
    Participating Facility, GI Quality Improvement Consortium

Southwest Colorado's Colon Cancer Screening and Prevention Specialists

Colon cancer is...
Preventable | Treatable | Beatable

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.
If everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, up to 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.

"Patients who want the best results should pick an outstanding colonoscopist, cleanse their bowels scrupulously and probably take the final laxative dose shortly before the procedure. Colonoscopies have helped reduce the death rate from colorectal cancer. The main problem with colonoscopies is that too few people bother to get them."
-From the
New York Times, December 19, 2008

Drs. Ward, Saslow, Gerstenberger and Christensen (pictured left to right)

We specialize in providing high-quality colonoscopy services that are safe, comfortable, private, cost-effective and convenient.

Colonoscopy in our quality-recognized and accredited office-based endoscopy center avoids the high cost and cost-sharing incurred at a hospital's outpatient department.

Most patients spend less than two hours in our facility and leave with a complete written report of their findings, ready to resume most activities as soon as they depart.  Our doctors are colonoscopy experts, performing more than 2,000 of these procedures yearly at our in-town freestanding endoscopy center, where we have provided more than 25,000 colonoscopies since we opened in 2001.  Our patients have the confidence of knowing that Digestive Health's experienced specialists have an extensive local reputation, having together provided over 64 years of gastroenterology care in Durango.

Our commitment to meeting our profession's goals for quality and safety has been recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Does It Matter Who Is the Doctor Who Performs Your Screening Colonoscopy?

-Elaine Schattner in Forbes - 06/09/2014

See our Colonoscopy Quality FAQs to learn more about how colonoscopy at Digestive Health and Southwest Endoscopy "measures up."

The region's endoscopy technology leader
Southwest Endoscopy is pleased to announce our implementation of Olympus' state-of-the-art EVIS EXERA III Endoscopy System.  This integrated platform of devices allows us to take full advantage of the rapidly evolving field of enhanced endoscopic imaging in the care we provide to our patients.  We are the only facility in the region outside the metropolitan areas of Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Salt Lake City offering this level of endoscopic care.

Read the New York Times:  10 Questions You Need to Ask About Colonoscopy
Watch CBS' Harry Smith's colonoscopy on the CBS Morning Show, with Katie Couric
Need to laugh a little about your upcoming colonoscopy? 
Watch Ms. Butt Meddler

Our physicians' are affiliated with Centura Mercy Regional Medical Center, where Digestive Health has had the privilege of providing care to our community for over 30 years, and with the Animas Surgical Hospital.

ASGE Quality Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program
GIQuIC GI Quality Improvement Consortium
AAAHC Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
Southwest Endoscopy Center
Southwestern Colorado's Accredited and Quality Recognized-Endoscopy Center
Safe and comfortable care provided by board certified specialists

Celebrating our 14th year of service as Southwest Colorado's leading provider of endoscopy services