Shifat Ahmed, M.D.
3815 E Bell Rd Ste 1250
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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- Board Certified Gastroenterologist
- Currently Accepting New Patients
- Most Insurance Plans Accepted
- Performs Colonoscopies
Arizona Digestive Health - Phoenix, AZ - North
Gastroenterology in Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Digestive Health - Phoenix, AZ - North
3815 E Bell Rd
Open today 9AM - 5PM
About Shifat Ahmed, M.D.
Dr. Shifat Ahmed is a board-certified gastroenterologist with Arizona Digestive Health. He performs routine GI procedures such as upper endoscopy and colonoscopy in the diagnosis, screening and surveillance of gastrointestinal diseases and cancers. In addition, he also specializes in management of inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux and Barrett’s esophagus. He is fluent in English and Bangla. He is an invited lecturer for the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix and Creighton University — Phoenix.
Undergraduate: Arizona State University
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix
Residency: University of Louisville
Fellowship: University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix
Why did you choose to specialize in Gastroenterology?
Early in my career, I made a pledge to pursue a specialty path that I felt the most passionate about and that will make me the most useful to patients.
As a medical student, I was drawn to internal medicine because of its variety of pathologies. I have enjoyed diagnosing and managing complex and atypical presentations for diseases across medical specialties, but I found those in gastroenterology and hepatology the most interesting. When I was in training in gastroenterology fellowship, I quickly realized that the cornerstone of being an adept gastroenterologist is strong clinical acumen and the use of procedures to pursue clinical intuition. Moreover, having the opportunity to develop meaningful long term patient relationships via outpatient medical management of chronic conditions and also performing inpatient endoscopic interventions for emergencies continues to be very gratifying to me.
Gastroenterology is a specialty that continues to provide meaningful challenges intellectually and procedurally. I hope to continue lifelong growth via practicing evidence based medicine in the care of my patients.
Do you have a specialty of interest in Gastroenterology?
I have been very fortunate to have trained under experts in almost all aspects of gastroenterology. I feel comfortable managing acute and chronic conditions associated with gastrointestinal and liver disease. I am committed to provide individualized and comprehensive care for what challenges my patients may have in their digestive health care.
Do you fluently speak any other languages in addition to English?
What do you and your family enjoy doing in your spare time?
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, family and friends. Since I was very young, I have enjoyed working with my hands. As a result, I often utilize my free time performing home improvements, refinishing vintage furniture, painting and more recently, learning how to perform clay sculpting. I am also a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan and motorsport enthusiast.
Awards and Accreditation:
Board Certified in Gastroenterology, Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Abidali, Hussein, Aida Rezaie, Anam Omer, Cris R. Molina, Shifat Ahmed, AL-Jashaami Layth, Paul Kang, Ali M. Abbas, and Teodor C. Pitea. “Su1427 EUS-DIRECTED TRANSGASTRIC ERCP VERSUS DOUBLE BALLOON ENTEROSCOPY-ASSISTED ERCP IN PATIENTS WITH ROUX-EN-Y GASTRIC BYPASS ANATOMY: A SINGLE CENTER EXPERIENCE.” Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 91, no. 6 (2020): AB340-AB341.
Mann, Sarabdeep, Shifat Ahmed, Layth Al-Jashaami, Paul Muna Aguon, and Yasmin Alishahi. “Better Prep Is Just One Phone Call Away: Quality Improvement in Colonoscopy Bowel Preparation Through Telephone Education.” Gastroenterology 159, no. 2 (2020): e36.
Suchartlikitwong, S., Vutthikraivit, W., Haddad, N., Aguon, P.A.M., Pradhan, F., Al-Qaisi, M.T., Omer, A., Mann, S., Ahmed, S., Layth, A.J. and Fallon, M.B., 2020, May. IMPACT OF DAILY ASPIRIN THERAPY ON RISK OF HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS. In Gastroenterology (Vol. 158, No. 6, pp. S1400-S1400). 1600 JOHN F KENNEDY BOULEVARD, STE 1800, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103-2899 USA: WB SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC.
Ahmed, S., Patel, C., Schmitt, C., Parajuli, D.. A Deadly Connection: Aortoenteric Fistula as a Cause of Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. American College of Gastroenterology Case Reports. Accepted 12/2015.
Shah, H. Wendorf, G. Ahmed, S. McElmurray, L. Lahr, C. Hughes, M. Beauerle, B. Miller, E. Stocker, B. Abell, TL.. Treating an Oft Unrecognized and Troublesome Entity: Using Gastric Electrical Stimulation to Reduce Symptoms of Malignancy Associated Gastroparesis. The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology. 2016, August.
Mehta, M., Ahmed, S., Dryden, G. (2017). “Immunopathophysiology of inflammatory bowel disease: how genetics link barrier dysfunction and innate immunity to inflammation”. Innate immunity, 23(6), 497-505.
Chaudhary, D., Ahmed, S., Liu, N., & Marsano-Obando, L. (2017). “Acute liver failure from herpes simplex virus in an immunocompetent patient due to direct inoculation of the peritoneum.” ACG case reports journal, 4.
Mehta, M., Ahmed, S., & Dryden, G. (2018). “Refractory pouchitis improves after administration of the green tea polyphenol EGCG: a retrospective review.” International journal of colorectal disease, 33(1), 83-86.
Burk, MJ., Bishop, L., Rahman, T., and Koch, J. “Louisville Lectures: FOAMed Meets Internal Medicine Residency.” The American journal of the medical sciences 353, no. 3 (2017): 263-264. (Honorable mention)
Ahmed, S.. Countering the Physician Brain Drain in South Africa.. The Triple Helix – The Science in Society Review. 2008, Jan; 4(1): 23-24.
Ahmed, S.. The Effect of Universal Health Care Coverage on Rural Communities in Canada and The United States. The Triple Helix – The Science in Society Review. 2007, Sep; 3(2): 27-28.
- Abdominal Pain
- Anal/Rectal Bleeding
- Blood in the Stool
- Bowel Incontinence
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Unexplained Weight Gain/Loss
- Yellowing of the Skin/Eyes
- Acid Reflux
- Anal Fissure
- Anemia/Iron Deficiency
- Barrett's Esophagus
- Biliary Obstruction
- C. Difficile Colitis
- Celiac Disease
- Colon Cancer
- Colorectal Polyps
- Crohn's Disease
- Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS)
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Esophageal Motility Disorder
- Fatty Liver Disease
- Food Intolerance
- Gallbladder Disease
- Helicobacter Pylori
- Hiatal Hernia
- Impacted Bowel
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lactose Intolerance
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis
- Peptic Ulcers
- Primary Biliary Cholangitis
- Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Anorectal Manometry
- Argon Laser Therapy
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Colon Cancer Screening
- CT Scan or CAT Scan
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
- Esophageal Dilation
- Esophageal Manometry
- Feeding Tube Insertion (PEG)
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Hemorrhoid Banding
- Infusion Therapy (IV Infusion)
A doctor that cares. He actually was thorough and felt he did a better job explaining the procedure and what to expect and what we will do as far as a backup plan if we don’t get answers this time. My prior gastro from two years ago, they had no backup plan. Definitely recommend Dr Ahmed.
I went to see Dr. Ahmed for a long-term issue. He provided a clear analysis of what was going on, was very holistic in looking at the different variables in my situation, and provided very pragmatic and helpful recommendations on how to deal with the issue. I found him very attentive to the issues in the needs going on with my health, and to be very personable. I would highly recommend Dr. Ahmed to others looking for a quality GI specialist
I felt very comfortable with Dr. Ahmed.... He answered all my questions and gave me advice regarding my problems....
It was great to go to a doctor that thoroughly listened to me explain my symptoms & also made me feel heard during the entire visit. Checked in repeatedly to ensure everything was covered & that I understood. Great experience & great doctor. Highly recommend.
I am a Canadian who required a colonoscopy after a positive FIT test in Canada Although Health Care in Canada is presumed great, my wait time was 4 months to have this procedure. With a cancer history, the wait was very stressful. I attended Dr Ahmed’s clinic on Friday and was given my colonoscopy on the following Tuesday . Dr Ahmed was amazing. He was so compassionate and attentive, and took his time to explain everything, and answer all my questions. At the clinic, the staff were so kind and caring. Without insurance, I was a self pay, and the cost was so reasonable. I will most definitely be recommending him to all, especially all the Canadian Snowbirds who cannot access adequate healthcare in Canada. Amazing Service!!!!!