Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

Best Gastroenterology and Endoscopy services in Dubai

What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine dealing with the health of your digestive system and gastrointestinal tract (GUT). Although gastroenterologist are mainly known to treating stomach and gastrointestinal problems, they also treat and diagnose illness involving pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, salivary glands, tongue, epiglottis, rectum & anus. This is also known to be your gut.

The Gastrointestinal System is responsible for:

  • Digesting and moving food
  • Absorbing nutrients
  • Removing waste from your body


Recent studies show that there is a very close tie between your gut and your overall immunity as well as your guy and the production of serotonin in your brain.

At Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, our Gastroenterology Department offers the following range of services:

  • Abdominal Pain Investigation
  • Chronic Diarrhoea
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Hepatobiliary Problems (Jaundice, Choledocholithiasis, Cholangitis,Biliary Tumour)
  • Incontinence and Constipation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Cirrhosis with or without Portal Hypertension
  • Oesophageal Motility Diseases (Achalasia)
  • Pancreatic Diseases (Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Tumour)
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease

What is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is the process by which a long, thin tube is inserted into the body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail, in this case the gastrointestinal tract. It can also be used to carry out other tasks including imaging and minor surgery.

Endoscopes are minimally invasive and can be inserted into the openings of the body such as the mouth (Gastroscopy), or anus (Colonoscopy).

Endoscopies are done under sedation and are usually daycare procedures, which means the patient can go home the same day.

Before an endoscopy takes place your doctor will take you through all the measures you need to take, to get yourself ready for the procedure.

At AZH, our  Endoscopy Department offers the following range of services:

Diagnostic Endoscopy:

  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Chromoendoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Rigid Proctoscopy
  • Oesophagogastroduodenoscopy


Therapeutic Endoscopy:

  • Achalasia Pneumodilation
  • Dilations of Gastrointestinal Strictures
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic Septotomy of Zenker’s Diverticulum
  • Oesophageal Varices Banding
  • Foreign Body Extraction
  • Haemostasis (Injection Sclerotherapy, APC Coagulation, Metal Clipping, Endolooping)
  • Haemostasis Variceal Bleeding (Injection, Banding, Glue)
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Nasojejunal Feeding Tube Placement
  • Oesophageal, Duodenal, Colonic Stent Insertion
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Insertion
  • Peritoneal Aspiration
  • Polypectomy / Endoscopic Mucosal Resection


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Meet Our Team

Our team of highly qualified and experienced physicians drawn from across the world

  • Dr. Gaurav Muktesh

    Specialist Gastroenterology and Hepatology

    Dr. Gaurav Muktesh

    Specialist Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    Dr. Gaurav Muktesh is a highly skilled Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with experience of over 10,000 Endoscopic procedures and over 2500 endoscopic ultrasound procedures performed. He got his MD in internal medicine from Delhi University and further did his Gastroenterology Fellowship (DM Gastroenterology) from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) Chandigarh, which is a 2000 bedded tertiary care academic center of international repute. He then worked as a faculty at PGI Chandigarh and was a mentor to budding Gastroenterologists.
  • Dr. Mustafa Sabri

    Consultant Gastroenterologist

    Dr. Mustafa Sabri

    Consultant Gastroenterologist
    Dr. Mustafa Sabri is a Board-Certified Consultant Gastroenterologist with more than 25 years of extensive experience in his field. Additionally, he has two Fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians from Edinburgh and London along with being a member of the Royal College of Physicians, the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Jordanian Gastroenterology Society.
  • Dr. Filippos Georgopoulos

    Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist - MD, Fellow of FEBGH

    Dr. Filippos Georgopoulos

    Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist - MD, Fellow of FEBGH
    Dr. Filippos is responsible for the Special Clinical Gastroenterology as well as Interventional Endoscopy Services. He has published several papers in peer review journals and chapter books and he is invited speaker on various GI topics in local and international scientific meetings on a regular basis. He has full license to practice in Dubai (Dubai Health Authority), UK (General Medical Council) and Greece (Athens Medical Council). He holds the title of Fellow of European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (FEBGH).
  • Dr. Denesh Gopalan

    Specialist Gastroenterology - MD; FRCP (UK)

    Dr. Denesh Gopalan

    Specialist Gastroenterology - MD; FRCP (UK)
    Dr. Gopalan has been practising medicine for over 25 years and Gastroenterology for 20 years. He has significant experience in all areas of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, and regularly conducts procedures such as Upper GI Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, ERCP, Capsule Endoscopy, PH monitoring, CRE balloon dilatation of strictures, and STRETTA. He has been working in Dubai for the past 10 yrs.
  • Dr. Ali Issa

    Specialist- Gastroenterology and Hepatology

    Dr. Ali Issa

    Specialist- Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    Dr. Ali Issa is a Gastroenterology and Hepatology specialist with over 16 years of experience in his field. He graduated from Aleppo University in 1998, obtained a Master’s degree in internal medicine at Damascus University, and a higher diploma in gastroenterology in 2005. He then worked and trained in France from 2008 to 2012 in Edouard Herriot university hospital in Lyon, which is one of the leading centers in Europe in gastroenterology, interventional endoscopy, and transplantation. His later experiences include working in Montpellier university hospital then Beziers hospital until 2017, when he joined AL Zahra Hospital Dubai as a specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Knowledge Centre

Blogs, guides, videos and other downloadable resources

All You Need to Know About Ulcerative Colitis from Diagnosis to Treatment with our Experienced Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Dr. Filippos Georgopoulos

Ulcerative colitis is a common chronic disease that falls under inflammatory bowel diseases, leading to numerous complications if not managed properly. A wide variety of those who have ulcerative colitis are typically unaware, since the symptoms tend to overlap with common GI issues, making it seem like it is not a major problem.

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