Dr. Issa is an interventional gastroenterologist with advanced fellowship training. His clinical and research interest focus on using minimally-invasive approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases such as the pancreas and biliary tract disorders, achalasia, Barrett's esophagus, gastroparesis, colon polyps and early cancer lesions. Gastrointestinal procedures he performs include endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), tumor ablation, endoluminal stenting, mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). He has a particular interest in bariatric endoscopy and obesity medicine and performing non-surgical endoscopic procedures for weight loss such as endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) and gastric balloon placement. Dr. Issa has presented his research at numerous national meetings.
After earning his medical degree from the University of Damascus, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University, Chicago, and a residency in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic - Fairview Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Virginia Commonwealth University and an advanced endoscopy fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College/ New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Issa is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He is an active member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG).