Freeman opens Center for Digestive Health

Monday, July 25, 2011 - Freeman opens Center for Digestive Health

JOPLIN, Mo.—Freeman Health System introduces a gastroenterology practice led by Dr. Navakanth Gorrepati, Dr. Saadullah Khan, and Dr. Charbel Maksoud. Freeman Center for Digestive Health, located at 3333 McIntosh Circle Drive, offers three full-time gastroenterologists  who provide a full compliment of treatments and services for patients with gastrointestinal (GI)-related conditions, such as abdominal pain, colon polyps, colon screening exams, esophageal reflux, heartburn, liver disease, and ulcers. In addition, Freeman Center for Digestive Health offers endoscopic ultrasound, colon cancer screenings, and more.

Dr. Richard Schooler, Freeman Chief Medical Officer, said through its hospital affiliation, Freeman Center for Digestive Health offers continuity of care for patients.

“We are excited to open Freeman Center for Digestive Health,” said Dr. Schooler. “Our three GI specialists bring outstanding credentials, specialized training, and experience with the most current procedures and therapies. With these three working together, this center becomes the largest digestive health service provider in the region, expanding such services to an unprecedented level.” 

Gastroenterology, a branch of medicine that deals with digestive diseases, focuses on conditions involving the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

To reach Freeman Center for Digestive Health, call 417.347.8636.

About Freeman Health System
Not-for-profit, community-owned, and locally governed, Freeman Health System is a 407-bed, three-hospital system. Based in Joplin, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Missouri, Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. For more information, visit or Follow Gary Duncan, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer, at