Women & Infants Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Health offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary focus on problems with the gastrointestinal system of women, in a setting staffed by all female practitioners.
Please be advised that this location is a provider-based clinic and both a physician and facility fee will be assessed, which may result in a higher out-of-pocket expense.
Women & Infants Hospital Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Health
100 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02905
P: ( 401) 453-7953
No Show Policy
We have a policy for missed appointments at all Women & Infants Hospital's physician practices. If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please give us at least 24 hours notice.
Colonoscopy allows the doctor to exam the lining of your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities. The doctor will insert a flexible tube (colonoscope) as thick as your finger into the anus and pass it through your colon. The lining of the bowel is checked to see if there are any problems such as inflammation or polyps (growths). Sometimes it is helpful to take a biopsy - a sample of the lining of the bowel.
An upper endoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to see inside your esophagus (food tube), stomach, and duodenum (first part of your small intestine).
Digestive disorders are very common, especially in women. An upper endoscopy can be a useful tool in diagnosing and treating these problems.
Colorectal Cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses for both men and women. Symptoms vary depending on the location of the cancer within the colon or rectum, though there may be no symptoms at all. Screenings can detect colorectal cancer when it can still be treated. But screening rates for women are still quite low. We offer colonoscopies in one of the nation's few all-female endoscopy centers.
Screenings can detect CRC when it can be treated. In the meantime, certain practices have been identified as protecting the body against CRC, including:
Screenings can detect CRC when it can be treated. For individuals at normal risk, screening tests should begin at age 45. The preferred approach is a screening colonoscopy conducted every 10 years. In addition, consider the following recommendations for screening:
Christy L. Dibble, DO, is director of the Women & Infants Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Health and chairs the Women & Infants Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Tumor Board. She graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency and gastroenterology fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Mariam Fayek, MD, attended Howard University College of Medicine where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She then went on to pursue an internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Weill Medical Center in New York City.
Nnenna C. Okpara, MD is a gastroenterologist at the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Health. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston, and went on to earn her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City.
Nancy Botelho, NP, is a registered nurse practitioner with Women & Infants’ Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Health. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner. Ms. Botelho earned her degree from the University of Rhode Island, where she is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Nursing. Her interests include patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).