Desert Endoscopy
  • Title 1 HereDesert Endoscopy Center has a 99% Patient satisfaction rate.
  • Title 2 Here90% of people with colon cancer are diagnosed after the age of 50. Schedule your colonoscopy today.
  • Title 3 HereObesity, smoking, and poor diet are all linked to a higher risk of colon cancer.
  • Title 4 HereIf you have a history of colon cancer, then your relatives are 2-3 times more likely to develop the disease. Schedule your colonoscopy today.
  • Title 5 HereOn average, your risk of developing colon cancer is about 1 in 20. Schedule your colonoscopy today.
  • Title 6 HereColon Cancer is on the rise in the under 50 population. See your doctor if you are having problems.
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Physicians

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We offer a broad range of services in a state of the art clinical environment.

Our Physicians

Andrew J. Grade, MD
Charles I. Saperstein, MD
Rohit V. Mahajani, MD
Phillip G. Foutch, DO
Robert L. Sawyer, Jr., MD
Hekmat Hakiman, MD
Shiv Verma, MD
Sumir M. Patel, MD
Nilay Kavathia, MD
Michael T. Schwimmer, MD
Michael A. Buckmire, MD

Andrew J. Grade, MD

Andrew J. Grade, MD

Address: 1520 S. Dobson Road Suite 302 | Mesa, AZ 85202

Phone: (480) 461-1088

Fax: (480) 461-1657

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Grade

Click Here to Schedule Open Access Colonoscopy with Dr. Grade

Education
  • B.S. University of Wisconsin
  • M.D. Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Residency and Chief Residency – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center & Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship – University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals
  • Therapeutic Gastroenterology – University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals
Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Associations & Memberships
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center

Charles I. Saperstein, MD

Charles I. Saperstein, MD

Address: 3048 E. Baseline Rd Suite 105 | Mesa, AZ 85204

Phone: (480) 633-5930

Fax: (480) 632-0467

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Saperstein

Call (480) 663-5930 to Schedule Open Access Colonoscopy with Dr. Saperstein

Education
  • B.S. Boston University – Boston, MA
  • M.D. University Autonoma de Guadalajara – Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Internal Medicine Residency – University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospial
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship – University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospial
Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Associations & Memberships
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center

Rohit V. Mahajani, MD

Rohit V. Mahajani, MD

Address: 201 W. Guadalupe Road Suite 209 | Gilbert, AZ 85233

Phone: (480) 633-3796

Fax: (480) 545-3246

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Mahajani

Call (480) 663-5930 to Schedule Open Access Colonoscopy with Dr. Mahajani

Education
  • M.D. – Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India
  • Intership- Coney Island Hospital, New York.
  • Internal Medicine Residency – Albany Medical Center, New York
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship – Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago
Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Associations & Memberships
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • Phoenix Society of Gastroenterology
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center

Phillip G. Foutch, DO

Phillip G. Foutch, DO

Address: 1520 S. Dobson Road Suite 302 | Mesa, AZ 85202

Phone: (480) 461-1088

Fax: (480) 461-1657

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Foutch

Click Here to Schedule Open Access Colonoscopy with Dr. Foutch

Education
  • B.S. Bowling Green State University – Bowling Green, OH
  • M.S. University of Detroit – Detroit, MI
  • D.O. Midwestern University – Chicago, IL
  • Internal Medicine Residency – Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship – Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Associations & Memberships
  • Master, American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • Maricopa County Medical Society
  • Arizona Osteopathic Association
  • American Association for Study of Liver Disease
  • Phoenix Society of Gastroenterology
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center

Robert L. Sawyer, Jr., MD

Robert L. Sawyer, Jr., MD

Address: 1520 S. Dobson Road Suite 302 | Mesa, AZ 85202

Phone: (480) 461-1088

Fax: (480) 461-1657

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Sawyer

Click Here to Schedule Open Access Colonoscopy with Dr. Sawyer

Education
  • B.S. Mid-America Nazarene College – Olathe, KS
  • M.D. University of Kansas – Kansas City, KS
  • Internal Medicine Residency – University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship – University of Arizona VA Medical Center
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center

Hekmat Hakiman, MD

Hekmat Hakiman, MD

Address: 2945 S Dobson Rd | Mesa, AZ 85202

Phone: (480) 969-4138

Fax: (480) 969-0630

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Hakiman

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.

Procedures:
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive abdominal surgery
  • Colectomy / Colectomy with Colostomy
  • Minimally invasive rectal polyp removal
  • Fissurectomy
  • Hemicolectomy
 
  • Hemorrhoidectomy / Rubber Band Ligation
  • Polypectomy
  • Sphincterectomy / Anal sphincter repair
  • Perirectal Abscess Drainage
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulator placement for fecal incontinence
Specialties:
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulitis
  • Anal fissure
 
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Fistula
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Surgical management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Shiv Verma, MD

Shiv Verma, MD

Address: 1520 S. Dobson Road Suite 302 | Mesa, AZ 85202

Phone: (480) 461-1088

Fax: (480) 461-1657

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Verma

Click Here to Schedule Open Access Colonoscopy with Dr. Verma

Education
  • M.D. Guwahati Medical College – Guwahati, India
  • Internal Medicine Residency – State University of New York at Buffalo – Buffalo, NY
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship – State University of New York at Buffalo – Buffalo, NY
Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology
Associations & Memberships
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center

Sumir M. Patel, MD

Sumir M. Patel, MD

Address: 1520 S. Dobson Road Suite 302 | Mesa, AZ 85202

Phone: (480) 461-1088

Fax: (480) 461-1657

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Patel

Click Here to Schedule Open Access Colonoscopy with Dr. Patel

Education
  • B.S. University of Toledo – Toledo, OH
  • M.D. St. George’s University School of Medicine – Grenada, WI
  • Internal Medicine Residency – St Francis Medical Center
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship – Allegheny General Hospital
Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Associations & Memberships
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • Arizona State Physicians Association
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center

Nilay Kavathia, MD

Nilay Kavathia, MD

Address: 1520 S. Dobson Road Suite 302 | Mesa, AZ 85202

Phone: (480) 461-1088

Fax: (480) 461-1657

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Kavathia

Click Here to Schedule Open Access Colonoscopy with Dr. Kavathia

Education
  • B.A. in Sociology, Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, OH
  • M.A. in Bio-medical Ethics, Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, OH
  • M.D. University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, AZ
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals – Philadelphia, PA
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, Phoenix VA/Good Samaritan Hospital – Phoenix, AZ
Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology
Associations & Memberships
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center

Michael T. Schwimmer, MD

Michael T. Schwimmer, MD

Address: 6301 S. McClintock Dr. Suite 201 | Tempe, AZ 85283

Phone: (480) 835-9697

Fax: (480) 835-1769

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Schwimmer

Education
Board Certification
Associations & Memberships
Hospital Affiliations

Michael A. Buckmire, MD

Michael A. Buckmire, MD

Address: 2945 S Dobson Rd | Mesa, AZ 85202

Phone: (480) 969-4138

Fax: (480) 969-0630

Appointments: Set An Appointment With Dr. Buckmire

Education
  • Undergraduate: Duke University
  • Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • General Surgery Residency: MCP-Hahnenann School of Medicine, Philadelphia
  • Fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery: Washington University Barnes Jewish Hospital
Board Certification
  • Fellow of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Associations & Memberships
Hospital Affiliations
  • Banner Desert Medical Center
  • Chandler Regional Medical Center
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Services We Offer

ColonoscopyColonoscopy 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.

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Upper GI EndoscopyUpper endoscopy is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract using a lighted, flexible, fiber-optic endoscope. The upper gastrointestinal tract begins with the mouth and continues with the esophagus (food pipe) which carries food to the stomach.

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SigmoidoscopySigmoidoscopy 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.

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Small Bowel EnteroscopyThis 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.

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Open Access ColonoscopyIf 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.

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Specialties Here

Welcome To Desert Endoscopy Center

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.

Colon Polyps & Colon Cancer

Early detection of colon polyps significantly lowers the risk of this increasingly common disease.


Open Access Colonoscopy

Open Access Colonoscopy allows patients to easily schedule a colonoscopy, usually without a pre-procedure visit!

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.

Click here to schedule an open access endoscopy with one of our physicians.

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