Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders. Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract are the focus of this specialty. Ridgeview’s board-certified gastroenterologists are experts in diagnosing, managing and treating diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract. From colonoscopies to advanced and therapeutic endoscopy, Ridgeview’s gastroenterologists deliver exceptional care with compassion and quality using the following procedures:

What is a gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is a physician with dedicated training and unique experience in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. Gastroenterologists must first complete a three-year Internal Medicine residency and are then eligible for additional specialized training (fellowship) in gastroenterology. This fellowship is generally two to three years long so once their training is complete, gastroenterologists have had five to six years of additional specialized education following medical school. Gastroenterologists also receive dedicated training in endoscopy, the use of narrow, flexible lighted tubes with built-in video cameras, to visualize the inside of the intestinal tract.

About the physicians

Dr. Brian Gootzeit's professional interests include colon screening, therapeutic endocsopy, esophageal disorders, inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel syndrome. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was later chief resident during his Internal Medicine residency. He completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. 

Dr. Sabina Khan’s clinical special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, hepatology and colon cancer. She is also board-certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Tim Kinney is interested in all aspects of gastrointestinal disease. He has extensive experience in advanced therapeutic endoscopy, particularly for diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts. He is also board-certified in Internal Medicine.

Appointments and Locations

Dr. Gootzeit sees patients at Ridgeview Chaska Clinic in Two Twelve Medical Center and Ridgeview Specialty Clinic in Ridgeview Professional Building, Waconia. Drs. Khan and Kinney are available Monday through Friday for procedures and clinic consults. Generally, patient wait time is less than two weeks after referral. Same-day appointments can often be arranged for urgent cases. For appointments call 952-442-8011. Drs. Khan and Kinney see patients at Ridgeview Chaska Clinic in Two Twelve Medical Center, located on the corner of Highways 212 and 41 in Chaska. They also see patients in the Ridgeview Professional Building, adjacent to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

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