Friday, May 19, 2017

Disorders - Ulcerative Colitis

Through his Reston, Virginia-based private practice, Dr. Soloman Shah delivers expert gastroenterological care to patients with ulcerative colitis and a variety of other issues. A highly trained MD, Dr. Soloman Shah completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Maryland Hospital. 

A chronic condition impacting the large intestine, ulcerative colitis is characterized by persistent inflammation in bowel tissues, and more rarely, in tissues of the eyes and joints. Researchers do not yet entirely understand what gives rise to ulcerative colitis, though they believe that it results from a confluence of environmental, immune-system, and genetic factors. 

During flare-ups, patients with ulcerative colitis may experience abnormal urgency to use the bathroom. In roughly a tenth of cases, this urgency can be quite severe and be accompanied by fevers and blood in the stool. Other symptoms include weight loss and anemia. 

MDs have yet to discover a cure for ulcerative colitis, though they can prescribe drugs to help patients manage symptoms or even induce remission. For patients whose disease does not respond to more conservative treatments, surgery to remove the colon is an option.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

AGA Partners with Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for New Conference

With an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Soloman Shah has spent nearly two decades as a gastrointestinal and internal medicine physician with Gastrointestinal Medical Associates in Reston, Virginia. In an effort to remain in contact with fellow colleagues across the country and learn about new treatments in GI medicine, Dr. Soloman Shah, MD, holds membership with the American Gastroenterological Association.

In a joint effort with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the American Gastroenterological Association will hold the inaugural Crohn’s and Colitis Congress next January in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will serve as the flagship meeting for all topics related to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and serve as a convergence point for professionals in these fields to network with one another and keep up with current trends in treatment. 

The Crohn’s and Colitis Congress will focus on IBD topics that put the patient first, dealing with the challenges and hurdles that currently exist in this area of medicine, both clinically and socially. The conference will also serve as the confluence of the most innovative techniques in treatment and a platform for the most forward-thinking research.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ACG to Hold 2017 World Congress of Gastroenterology in Orlando

Dr. Soloman Shah received his MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has treated patients as a physician at Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates in Reston, Virginia, for nearly 20 years. As a corollary to his day-to-day work as an MD, Dr. Soloman Shah is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). 

Registration is now open for the ACG World Congress of Gastroenterology, which will take place October 13-18, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. At the event, ACG members can connect with colleagues from around the globe and participate in a three-day education program focused on the latest gastroenterological research and treatments. The event will also include a two-day postgraduate course on October 14 and 15 and optional Friday courses on topics such as pharmacology, practice management, and pathophysiology. 

In addition to these activities, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in fellows-in-training workshops and luncheons as well as receptions, an awards ceremony, the ACG Presidential Address, and other special events. Another highlight of the ACG World Congress is an exhibit hall featuring hands-on workshops, poster sessions, and the latest products and services from a number of exhibiting companies. 

More information about the 2017 World Congress of Gastroenterology can be found at

Monday, February 27, 2017

ACP and AAFP Publish New Hypertension Guidelines for 60+ Patients

Specializing in gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Soloman Shah, MD, has served as a physician with Gastrointestinal Medical Associates in Reston, Virginia, for more than 17 years. In conjunction with his practice, Dr. Soloman Shah, MD, is a member of the American College of Physicians

In conjunction with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP) has released new guidelines for optimal systolic blood pressure levels in patients older than 60 who suffer from high blood pressure. The new recommendations were published in a recent issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed scientific journal of the ACP.

In the new recommendations, ACP and AAFP suggest that doctors begin treating these adults when they show systolic levels greater than 150 mm Hg. They also suggest increased drug therapy for these patients to reach a target systolic level of 140 mm Hg if they have experienced a stroke or transient ischemic attack before, or if they are at an elevated risk of heart disease based on other concomitant factors.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Common Liver Diseases

Soloman Shah, MD, is a physician at Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates in Fairfax, Virginia. For more than 15 years, Dr. Soloman Shah has focused on treating patients who have liver conditions.

There are more than 100 recognized liver diseases that can impact people of all ages. Some liver conditions, such as liver cancer and fatty liver disease, are linked to external factors like chronic alcoholism and obesity. Viruses such as hepatitis A, B, and C are common and can have devastating effects on the liver. Hepatitis A spreads through contaminated food and water, while hepatitis B and C are transmitted through bodily fluids. Vaccines exist for hepatitis A and B, but not for the C strain of the virus. In severe cases, a person with hepatitis C may require a liver transplant.

Cirrhosis is another common liver ailment. It typically stems from the damage caused by viral hepatitis, chronic alcoholism, or other existing liver conditions. The effects of these diseases can cause the liver to develop blockages that reduce blood flow and impede metabolic processes. There are a range of treatments for cirrhosis that vary according to its severity and root cause.