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Born and raised in Iran, Dr. Hakiman came to the US in 2000 to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology with a minor in Biochemical Pharmacology. He obtained his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo, where he was awarded the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award and the Department of Surgery Chair’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Dr. Hakiman moved to Dallas, TX for his General Surgery training at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital. There, he developed an interest in the field of colon and rectal surgery and completed his fellowship training at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he learned various techniques for treating colorectal diseases. Dr. Hakiman is board certified in general surgery.
Dr. Hakiman moved to the valley with his family in 2014 to join Advanced Surgical Associates.
Colonoscopy – Colonoscopy is recommended for all adults at age 50 (with average risk) for routine colon cancer screening, whereby a careful examination is performed to discover and remove polyps. This procedure, which is performed under conscious sedation, has many indications including unexplained diarrhea, rectal bleeding, a family history of colon cancer and constipation.
Sigmoidoscopy – Sigmoidoscopy is used as a preventative screening measure against colon cancer and is one of the recommended testing methods for colorectal cancer in patients 50 and over. The procedure is also used to diagnose and treat conditions including abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding or blood in the stool.
Small Bowel Enteroscopy – This is a test performed to evaluate gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel tumors, polyps, or other small bowel diseases. During the procedure, the physician uses a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope to examine the lining of your esophagus, stomach, duodenum (first portion of the small bowel) and jejunum (the middle portion of the small bowel). A small bowel enteroscopy may also be used to treat various conditions of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as abnormal growths or bleeding.
Open Access Colonoscopy – If you are in good health and wish to easily schedule a colonoscopy, usually without a pre-procedure visit, Desert Endoscopy Center now offers Open Access Colonoscopy. Patients with significant illnesses (poorly controlled diabetes, significant cardiac disease, severe breathing problems, kidney problems) are advised to schedule a consultation prior to the procedure.
Desert Endoscopy Center is a specialized patient centered state of the art facility where expert physicians perform diagnostic and preventative endoscopy procedures.
Since opening its doors in 1999, the first such facility in the valley, it has been a center of excellence to thousands of endoscopy procedures every year.
Our team of highly trained, caring and competent staff are focused on your comfort to provide excellent outcomes. Our facility has consistently ranked in 99% range for patient satisfaction scores year over year. Our board certified physicians procedure quality data surpassed national standards. We are certified by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an approved free standing facility.
From beginning to finish, the staff and medical professionals were about the warmest and friendliest I have ever met anywhere.”
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Early detection of colon polyps significantly lowers the risk of this increasingly common disease.
Colonoscopy is advised for all average-risk patients, age 50 and older, as a method of colon cancer screening. Open Access Colonoscopy is a service we provide that allows healthy, age-appropriate patients to easily schedule a colonoscopy, usually without a pre-procedure visit! Patients with significant illnesses (poorly controlled diabetes, significant cardiac disease, severe breathing problems, kidney problems) are advised to schedule a consultation.