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 outdoors drew her to Vermont where she attended Norwich University, a small military college in Vermont. She graduated and joined the US Air Force as 2nd lieutenant but deferred active duty to attend medical school at WVU. Upon completion of medical school she did a surgical internship in Youngstown, Ohio before returning to West Virginia for an Internal Medicine Residency at CAMC. This was followed by a Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Virginia. She then served in the Air Force where she became the chief of Gastroenterology at Wright-Patterson AFB and an associate Professor at Wright-State University. She returned to Charleston in 2009 and was at CAMC until a position became available at KVGI and she joined her longtime friend, Dr. Battle.

She and her husband of over 20 years have 3 sons and are active in the Boy Scouts of America. She loves running and has completed the Air Force marathon and the Marine Corps marathon as well as numerous other road and trail events. When not outdoors, she loves science fiction, fantasy and super heroes.

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 Richmond and West Virginia University School of Medicine, completing her Internal Medicine residency at WVU/CAMC in Charleston and her Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship at the University of Virginia.  She has been in private practice with Kanawha Valley Gastroenterology Associates since 1999. In addition to office consultations she performs endoscopic procedures at Thomas Memorial Hospital and Charleston Surgical Hospital.

Dr. Battle resides in the Charleston area with her husband Dill and their two children: George who attends Auburn University in Alabama, and Julia who is a student at George Washington High School.

The Battle family enjoys traveling, football, golfing, dance and theatre and spending quality time together.


Benjamin Rice (Ben) , Nurse Practitioner joined Kanawha Valley Gastroenterology in 2016. He  completed his  Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Master of Science degree at Marshall University.  He holds two national board certifications with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a family nurse  practitioner as well as nursing administration. Ben is also a member of American Nurses Association (ANA) and WV Organization of Nurse Executives (WVONE).


Laura Cunnings, Nurse practitioner, joined Kanawha Valley Gastroenterology December 2018. She is a native West Virginian, who grew up in South Charleston and now lives in the Charleston area. She is a graduate of West Virginia State University and the University of Charleston. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of West Virginia University where she obtained both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. She is nationally certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Together, Laura and her husband, John, have six children and seven grandchildren. Three children are married, two living in Georgia and one in Wisconsin. Three children are single, one in graduate school at Marshall University, one a Charleston Police Officer, and one in the US Navy. When not engaged in family activities, she enjoys baking, sewing, gardening, British television, and traveling.

About Kanawha Valley Gastroenterology Associates, Inc. (KVG)

KVG is a professional medical practice comprised of two Physicians and one Certified Registered Nurse Practioner located in South Charleston WV.

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.

Kanawha Valley Gastroenterology Associates Values

We strive to be the premier regional gastroenterology health care provider to residents of this local community placing the patient first and at the center of everything we do.

People – Involvement and teamwork determine our future.

Responsibility – Personal accountability for the work we do.

Quality – Consistently strive to provide the highest quality patient care.

Exceptional Customer Service

Dedication to Patient Safety

Clinical Expertise

Innovative Health Care Delivery

Employee Development

Clinical and Business Ethics