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Published on March 16, 2017

Leading the way to better digestive health

If you had a digestive health issue, who would you call? Here’s an idea: You might want to get in touch with an expert on the subject. And that would be a gastroenterologist.

These doctors specialize in treating diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver. Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital has a team of board-certified GI doctors.

Want to know a bit more about them and their training and skills?


Dr. LichtensteinSteven Lichtenstein, DO:

Fellowship: Mercy Catholic Medical Center
Residency: Mercy Catholic Medical Center (internal medicine)
Medical school: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. AmaralRafael A. Amaral, MD:

Fellowship: Mercy Catholic Medical Center
Residency: Mercy Catholic Medical Center
Medical school: Ponce School of Medicine

Dr. HwangAustin F. Hwang, MD:

Fellowship: Lankenau Hospital
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University (internal medicine)
Medical school: Upstate Medical University


Expert care and happy patients

The GI specialists at Mercy Fitzgerald can help assess and treat a wide range of digestive issues, including:

  • Heartburn and GERD 
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome 
  • Swallowing problems
  • Unexplained abdominal pain 
  • Diarrhea or constipation

“Our team performs all the usual GI procedures, such as endoscopy and colonoscopies,” says Dr. Lichtenstein, Medical Director of Digestive Health Services at Mercy Fitzgerald. “And we have extremely high patient satisfaction scores.”

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