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Gastrointestinal Associates, P.C.
Knoxville, TN

Sarkis J. Chobanian, MD, FACP, MACG
Sarkis J. Chobanian, MD, FACP, MACG

Dr. Chobanian was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He did his Internship, Residency, Chief Residency and Fellowship in Gastroenterology all at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

He is the author of more than 80 abstracts and chapters in medical journals and is the editor of a book of clinical problems in gastroenterology, now in its second edition.

He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and has been elected a Fellow both of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. In 2005, he was named a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology. He has been voted one of the "Best Doctors in America" twelve years in a row by his peers.
Raj I. Narayani, MD, FACG, FASGE
Raj I. Narayani, MD, FACG, FASGE

Dr. Narayani is a board-certified gastroenterologist with Gastrointestinal Associates in Knoxville, TN.

He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1995 and completed his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship with the US Air Force in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Narayani has been practicing general Gastroenterology and Hepatology since 2001. He is a member of the medical staff with the St. Mary’s Hospital division of Mercy Health Partners in Knoxville, TN. He is a Fellow in both the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and in the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). He is also a member of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).

He has focused interest in the fields of video capsule endoscopy, advanced therapeutic endoscopy, and Barrett’s esophagus, and Health Information Technology. He is an active participant in a joint ACG-ASGE Quality Indicators Endoscopic Benchmarking Program.
Steven J. Bindrim, MD
Steven J. Bindrim, MD

Dr. Bindrim was born in Pensacola, Florida and moved to Long Island, New York at the age of six.  After earning a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University, Dr. Bindrim attended New York Medical College where he earned his M.D. degree.  He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.  While serving in the Air Force, Dr. Bindrim was an Internist at Eglin AFB, before completing his Gastroenterology fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center.  He also completed an additional year specializing in liver disease, to include liver transplantation, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Bindrim concluded his military career by returning to Wilford Hall medical Center, where he served as Medical Director of Liver Transplantation as well as a staff gastroenterologist. 

Dr. Bindrim spent six years in private practice in North Carolina before joining Gastrointestinal Associates in the summer of 2005.
Meade C. Edmunds, MD, FACG
Meade C. Edmunds, MD, FACG

Dr. Edmunds was born in Clifton Forge, Virginia and is a graduate from the University of Virginia Medical School. 

Dr. Edmunds did his internship and residency at the University of Rochester in New York.  After completing his residency training he was elected Chief Medical Resident as well as serving as the Medical Attending at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. 

Dr. Edmunds subsequently completed a three year fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was editor of numerous publications and book chapters on gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr. Edmunds currently serves as a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American College of gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association.
Barry V. Maves, MD, FACG
Barry V. Maves, MD, FACG

Dr. Maves was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso University with majors in psychology and chemistry and minors in theology and biology.  He attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. This was followed by three years of training in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. 

He next completed a Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Iowa.  During this time, he did research and published on the mechanism of action of various enzymes.  Another year was spent serving as a Staff Gastroenterologist at the University of Iowa.

He is on the medical staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center and has served on various committees.  He is a member of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine, the Tennessee Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. 

He is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, and a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Charles M. O’Connor, MD, FACG
Charles M. O’Connor, MD, FACG

Dr. O’Connor was born in Algona, Iowa and was raised in South Florida.  He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at Loyola University of the South in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He went on to obtain his M.D. degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and then following this, completed a three year residency in Internal Medicine as well as a two year fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of South Florida. 

After completing his fellowship, Dr. O’Connor joined Gastrointestinal Associates.
J. David Lee, MD, FACG
J. David Lee, MD, FACG

Dr. Lee was born in Kingsport, Tennessee.  He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Nursing.  In 1987, he earned his M.D. degree from the Quillen School of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.

He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Louisville.  Subsequently he served as an assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology at the University of Louisville affiliated hospitals and VA Medical Center.  He was a member of the Hepatic Transplantation Committee at the Jewish Hospital System.  He joined Gastrointestinal Associates in 1993. 

Dr. Lee achieved Fellowship status with the American College of Gastroenterology in 1999.  He has served on several hospital, managed care, and community committees.
Johnny Altawil, MD
Johnny Altawil, MD

Dr. Altawil was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. Growing up, he attended a Christian elementary school and finished high school with honors. He completed his M.D. degree at University of Damascus School of Medicine and subsequently moved to the United States for medical training.

Before joining Gastrointestinal Associates in the summer of 2013, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. During his training, he served as a Gastroenterology Chief Fellow, presented in national meetings and published several abstracts and articles on various gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders.

Dr. Altawil currently serves as a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Gastroenterological Association.

Dr. Altawil loves music, listening to different kinds of music genres and playing the guitar. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and staying active in many sports, especially soccer.
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