Center for Digestive Health & General Surgery in Boardman, Ohio

An estimated 65 million people in the United States suffer from digestive issues that disrupt their daily lives. The digestive system can impact how you feel every day, from bloating and constipation to indigestion and heartburn. Pinpointing the exact cause of discomfort can be a long, complicated process with patients going from appointment to appointment to find a solution.

This is why Southwoods developed the Center for Digestive Health & General Surgery, to bring surgeons, gastroenterologists and colorectal specialists together so patients don’t have to travel to several locations searching for answers. This expert team works together to determine the cause of your discomfort, provide a definitive diagnosis and develop a plan to bring you long-term improvement.

Our specialists focus on the prevention, detection and treatment of common digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, GERD, constipation, diarrhea and disorders of the pancreas and liver. If your condition requires procedural or surgical intervention, our team performs procedures from colonoscopy and upper endoscopy (EGD) through today’s most advanced robotic surgery for digestive disorders.

Outside of the digestive tract, our highly trained general surgeons are able to handle all of your surgical needs including gallbladder surgery, hernias, thyroid surgery, breast biopsy, lumpectomy and mastectomy.

And since this is all part of the Southwoods Health network, patients have priority access to world-class, diagnostic testing at Southwoods Imaging and the cutting edge technology at The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods, the region’s only CMS Five-Star rated hospital for clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Together, our team at the Center for Digestive Health & General Surgery offers both medical and surgical intervention to help relieve your symptoms.

Digestive Health

Procedural & Surgical Intervention

Robotic Surgery

Why is the Southwoods Center for Digestive Health & General Surgery Different?

Patients have the benefit of seeing our comprehensive team of specialists at one convenient location. Our expert team works together to deliver faster results – assessing symptoms, consulting, diagnosing and creating specialized treatment plans to relieve your issues.

Our Physicians Are Here to Help You

Dr Dessecker - Center for Digestive Health

Brandon Dessecker, M.D.

General Surgery

Dr Dunch - Southwoods Health

David Dunch, M.D.

Colorectal Surgery

Stephen Evan, M.D., FACS

General Surgery

Joshua Gady, M.D.

General Surgery

Thomas Geisler, M.D.


Ibrahim Haddad, M.D., FAAP

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Dr Lyras - Southwoods Health in Ohio

Louis Lyras, M.D.

General Surgery

Dr Marina - Center for Digestive Health

Richard Marina, M.D.


Dr Lockshaw - Southwoods Health in Ohio

Igor Milosevic, M.D.

General Surgery

Dr Phillips - Center for Digestive Health

J. Kyle Phillips, M.D., FACS

General Surgery

Dr Pulido - Southwoods Health in Ohio

Jonathan Pulido, M.D., FACS

General Surgery

Dr J. Smith - Southwoods Health

James Smith, M.D., FACS

General Surgery

Dr Yossef - Southwoods Health

Sayed Yossef, M.D.


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