Pine Belt’s Largest Gastroenterology Service Aims to Improve Digestive Health with Four New Providers
Hattiesburg Clinic’s Gastroenterology team is focusing on improving digestive health for patients and the community by adding four new providers, making it the largest gastroenterology service in the Pine Belt.
Porter H. Glover, MD; Telciane Vesa, MD; Andrew Q. Weeks, MD; and Brooke S. Fryfogle, FNP, recently joined the group. Three of the new providers – Vesa, Weeks and Fryfogle – will primarily care for patients at Forrest General Hospital. Glover will join the other providers to offer services in the outpatient clinic setting.
Glover received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Miss. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, Texas. He also completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, La. Glover is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Vesa earned her medical degree from Federal University of Ceará in Brazil. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, Miss. She also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La. She is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Additionally, she holds a nutrition support clinician certification through the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification.
Weeks received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Miss. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. He also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at UMMC. Weeks is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Fryfogle earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
In addition to the new providers, Erin A. O’Neal, FNP, has also joined the Hospital Care team. O’Neal has been with Gastroenterology for three years working on the clinic side and has now transitioned to the Hospital Care side.
Hattiesburg Clinic’s Gastroenterology department has nearly doubled in size in the last three years. Officials have said the demand for more providers is due to an increase in patients both in clinic and in the hospital.
“Over the past several years, we have experienced a steady increase in our patient volume. The need for efficient, quality-driven care is as important as ever,” said Samantha Andrus, manager of Gastroenterology. “Hattiesburg Clinic wants to keep up with that demand and ensure that we not only have the resources and technology to care for those in our community, but also a compassionate and experienced team.”
For information about services provided by Hattiesburg Clinic Gastroenterology, call (601) 268-5680.
About Hattiesburg Clinic Gastroenterology
The Gastroenterology department at Hattiesburg Clinic offers clinical services to evaluate diseases of the intestinal tract, liver and pancreas. Some of the conditions they treat include esophageal disease, peptic ulcer disease, gallstone disease, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis and cirrhosis. They use a combination of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures for treatment and screening. Gastroenterology is on the fifth floor of Hattiesburg Clinic’s main facility, located at 415 S. 28th Ave. in Hattiesburg.