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Meet the digestive health team at Sanford

Your digestive health is the only priority the GI physician team at Sanford Center for Digestive Health has. Our 10 fellowship-trained gastroenterologists can treat disorders of the pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, liver, stomach, small intestine and colon. We partner with specialists in surgery, hematology and oncology to ensure our patients receive the most comprehensive level of care possible.



Muslim Atiq, MD

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College (Karachi, Pakistan)
Residency: Internal Medicine: University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Fellowship: Gastroenterology: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock) and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy: MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX)
Certifications: Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Lee Austin, MD

Medical School: University of South Dakota (Vermillion)
Residency: Internal Medicine: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Fellowship: Gastroenterology and Hepatology: University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha)
Certifications: Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Brett Baloun, MD

Medical School: St. John's University (Collegeville, MN)
Residency: Internal Medicine: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Fellowship: Gastroenterology & Hepatology: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Certifications: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Jorge Gilbert, MD

Medical School: Facultad de Ciencia Medicas Universidad Catolica (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
Residency: Fellow Internal Medicine: Harvard University Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, (Boston, MA)
Fellowship: Gastroenterology: Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)
Certifications: Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Heather McDougall, MD - Hospitalist

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis)
Internship: Internal Medicine: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Residency: Internal Medicine: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Fellowship: Gastroenterology: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Certifications: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

Robert Meyer, MD

Medical School: University of South Dakota School of Medicine (Vermillion, SD)
Internship: St. Louis University Hospitals (St. Louis, MO)
Residency: Internal Medicine: St. Louis University Hospitals (St. Louis, MO)
Fellowship: Gastroenterology: Indiana University Hospitals (Indianapolis, IN)

Jeffrey Murray, MD

Medical School: University of South Dakota (Vermillion)
Residency: Internal Medicine: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA)
Fellowship: Gastroenterology: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (Iowa City, IA)
Certifications: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Bhavesh Patel, MD

Medical School: Government Medical College (Surat, India)
Internship: Loma Linda University Medical Center (Loma Linda, CA)
Residency: Loma Linda University Medical Center (Loma Linda, CA)
Fellowship: Loma Linda University Medical Center (Loma Linda, CA)
Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology

Michael Dawson, Jr., MD - Hospitalist

Medical school: University of Miami (Miami, FL)
Residency: Internal Medicine, Naval Hospital (San Diego, CA)
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Naval Hospital (San Diego, CA)
Certifications: Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Kunut Kijsirichareanchai, MD (Dr. KJ)

Medical School: Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)
Residency: Internal Medicine: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, Texas)
Internship: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, Texas)
Fellowship: Gastroenterology/Hepatology University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska)
Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine