(304) 766-4342

Schedule Your Appointment at our Kanawha and Putnam Offices.

Located at 4607 MacCorkle Ave SW, Suite 406, South Charleston and 400 B-1 Prestige Park, Hurricane. Give us a call!
Our Physicians now have privileges at CAMC Teays Valley, Charleston Surgical Hospital and Thomas Hospital.
(304) 766-4342

Caring For Your Digestive Health 

We are dedicated to helping you maintain good digestive health while making it easy and convenient.

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:00pm

 (304) 766-4342

Welcome to Kanawha Valley Gastroenterology Associates, Inc.

KVG is a professional medical practice comprised of two Physicians and one Certified Registered Nurse Practioner located in Kanawha and Putnam Counties.

We are committed to improving the overall health of our community by providing comprehensive quality care and service in a cost-effective and compassionate manner.

CHERYL COX M.D.
CHERYL COX M.D.
Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr. Cheryl Cox is a native West Virginian from Parkersburg, WV. She attended Williamstown High School before a sense of adventure and love of the…

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EMILY BATTLE M.D.
EMILY BATTLE M.D.
Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr. Emily Hamrick Battle is a Charleston native and a graduate of George Washington High School. She graduated with honors from University of…

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BEN RICE N.P.
BEN RICE N.P.
 
 

Benjamin Price (Ben) , Nurse Practitioner joined Kanawha Valley Gastroenterology in 2016. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Master of…

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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term.

Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS — unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease — doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.

Only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.

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COLORECTAL CANCER

Colorectal (large bowel) cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Together, the colon and rectum make up the large bowel or large intestine. The large intestine is the last segment of the digestive system (the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine are the first three sections).

The large bowel’s main job is to reabsorb water from the contents of the intestine so that solid waste can be expelled into the toilet. The first several feet of the large intestine is the colon and the last 6 inches is the rectum.

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PANCREATITIS ACUTE/CHRONIC

Pancreatitis is a condition characterized by abrupt inflammation of the pancreas characterized by swelling and at times even destruction of pancreatic tissue. The most common causes of acute pancreatitis are gallstones and excessive alcohol consumption.

Other causes include smoking, high triglyceride levels, high calcium levels, certain medications, abdominal trauma, viral infections, structural anatomic anomalies and genetic abnormalities. Chronic pancreatitis occurs when there is irreversible scar tissue that forms in the pancreas as a result of ongoing inflammation.

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