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DR. RONALD E. PRUITT, a native of North Carolina, received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from UNC School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine in 1987 at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UAB in 1989 under the direction of Basil I. Hirschowitz, M.D., the inventor of the flexible fiber optic endoscope prior to his joining Nashville Gastrointestinal Specialists. He is double Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Pruitt is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Gastroenterology Association. He has published numerous papers on gastrointestinal disease and is the recipient of national awards from the American College of Physicians, the American Lithotripsy Society, and the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Pruitt is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Chief of Gastroenterology at Saint Thomas Hospital, and Chief Medical Officer of the Maria Nathanson Center of Excellence in Gastrointestinal, Pulmonary and Renal Medicine and Research. He is one of the world’s expert authorities in pancreaticobiliary endoscopy (ERCP) performing approximately 500 of these procedures each year. He is listed by his peers as one of Nashville’s most talented and respected physicians in Consumers’ Guide to Top Doctors, a publication of medicine’s best.

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