HICKORY – Gastroenterology Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Kristen Mussari, MD, to the medical staff. Mussari is board-certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in gastroenterology. She is accepting new patients.
Mussari trained extensively in endoscopy, colonoscopy and small bowel enteroscopy procedures. Her interests include Celiac disease, Barrett’s esophagus and colon cancer screening. She will provide care for patients in the endoscopy center and clinic at Gastroenterology Associates, as well as Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center.
She joins Caroll Koscheski, John Meier, Simon Allport, Gregory Diamonti, Gaa Richardson, Susan Nikrooz and Siddharth Sura, all doctors in the specialty practice which now includes eight physicians and three advanced practice providers.
"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Mussari to our team," said Dr. Gregory Diamonti, president of the group. "She will be a tremendous asset to the practice and our patients. Dr. Mussari brings a combination of top-notch clinical education and a strong passion for patient-centered health care. Now, with three female gastroenterologists on staff, we offer a variety of providers to meet the growing needs of our community.”
Mussari is a native of Pennsylvania, where she completed her medical training. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. She received her medical degree from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton. After completing an internship and residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, she went on to complete a fellowship in gastroenterology at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.
Most recently, Mussari served as research chair for Allegheny Health Network Division of Gastroenterology, a program-appointed leadership position in which she coordinated research projects for gastroenterology fellows and served as liaison to internal medicine residents.
She is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association.