Disorders of the Colon and Rectum
Presented by Baharak Moshiree, MD, MS-CI, FACG
There are many diseases/syndromes of colon and rectum, many of which are chronic (continuous or occurring over and over for a long time). They include diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, colonic ischemia and sigmoid volvulus. Some common disorders such as diverticulosis, can be present even if there are no symptoms (asymptomatic). This presentation will also cover common issues in the rectum such as hemorrhoids and fissures.
A thorough medical exam by a healthcare provider, including a digital rectal exam, is necessary to properly diagnose disorders of the rectum and colon. There are also tests and procedures available. A proper diagnosis will help to guide the best treatment options to manage the disorder.
About Dr. Moshiree
Baha Moshiree, MD, MS-CI, FACG, is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Motility, in the Division of Gastroenterology at Atrium Health, in Charlotte, NC. She trained at the University of Florida for a combined undergraduate and medical school, later gastroenterology fellowship with a focus on functional bowel diseases and motility disorders. She has a master’s degree in clinical investigation and was on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 grant.
Her expertise and interests are in the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic gastrointestinal illnesses such as gastroparesis, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and constipation with pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Moshiree’s earlier research focused on the multidimensional pathophysiology of IBS and examining pain processing mechanisms and brain-gut interactions in patients with IBS and functional dyspepsia. She has also participated in several multinational studies in both IBS and gastroparesis. Dr. Moshiree has continuous funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) targeting better treatment options for patients with CF, and recently helped publish CF guidelines for treatment of GERD in patients with chronic lung disease. She is also one of three Principal Investigators in a national study to examine the prevalence of GI symptoms in patients with CF called GALAXY funded by the CF Foundation.
Dr. Moshiree has presented her research at several national meetings and has received the Preceptor of the Year Award/Academician of Year from Atrium Health 2020. Dr. Moshiree is currently on the AGA’s Institute Council (2017-present) and a Council Member of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society. She currently serves as the ACG Governor for North Carolina. She recently was a co-author on the ACG’s IBS Guidelines.