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Gastro Health acquires optimal digestive care

First tuck-in acquisition in Maryland

January 5, 2022 – Gastro Health, a leading national medical group specializing in digestive and liver health, has acquired Optimal Digestive Care in Frederick, Maryland. The deal was closed on Dec. 31 and marks the company’s first integrated acquisition in Maryland that will merge the practice into Gastro Health’s existing capabilities and resources.

Optimal Digestive Care is led by David W. Kossoff, MD, who attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also trained in Gastroenterology and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Allegheny University of Health Sciences in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American College of Gastroenterology.

“Our practice has always prided itself on providing personal attention to our patients coupled with friendly and compassionate care,” said Dr. Kossoff. “Joining Gastro Health will allow us to grow and offer the same level of excellent care to the growing needs of our community. “

Optimal Digestive Care specializes in diseases of the digestive tract in adults, including the colon, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

“Adding Optimal Digestive Care to our existing presence in Maryland was a wonderful way to end 2021,” said Joseph Garcia, CEO of Gastro Health. “As we begin a new year, we are thrilled to support Dr. Kossoff and look forward to continued growth in his practice and Maryland, overall, in 2022.”

This latest acquisition by Gastro Health is part of a period of continued national growth and expansion in the single specialty gastroenterology industry over the past three years. Gastro Health operates in six states – Florida, Alabama, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland – with more than 140 locations and 315 physicians including physician offices, infusion centers, imaging departments, and a specialty pharmacy. Additionally, Gastro Health owns and operates endoscopy centers in five of the six states and operates pathology and anesthesia services.

About Gastro Santé

Gastro Health is one of the leading gastroenterology platforms in the United States, supporting practices in Alabama, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and Washington. Gastro Health strives to provide exceptional medical care and an exceptional healthcare experience. Gastro Health care teams use technology, clinical expertise and compassionate care to deliver a personalized approach to digestive health and overall well-being. Learn more at

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