Gastroenterology Staff

Gastroenterologists in Clearwater, FL

Our Practice Philosophy can be summarized in a few words. Our patients should feel welcomed and cared for from the time they walk into the office to the time they return to the primary care physician. Here at Advanced Digestive Care, we don’t just see patients, we care for them. From the time a patient is referred to the office, the aim is to meet and exceed the needs of the patients. 

Our Motto: Specialized technology... individualized care. 

We are very aware that we are dealing in the most precious commodity on earth, the human life. 

We provide comprehensive Gastrointestinal care including Colon Cancer Screening, Reflux Disease (GERD), Swallowing Disorders, Ulcer Disease, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Pancreatic and Biliary Disease and ERCP. We arethe only  practice that offers Endoscopic Ultrasound in a community outpatient setting. We have full time offices at Clearwater and Countryside locations. We accept most major medical insurance plans. With addition of a new physician and staff we strive to see you within a week of the request. Urgent consultations are often provided the same or next day. 

Procedures are performed at several area locations. These include, West Coast Endoscopy Center, Morton Plant Hospital Clearwater, Mease Countryside Hospital and at the new state of the art facility, the Safety Harbor Surgery Center From October 2010. The procedures are done mostly before noon to avoid keeping the patients fasting for too long. 

We strive to do our best, if we fall short please take the time to tell us. If we meet or exceed your expectations, please tell others.


Umesh Choudhry MD, FACG

Gastroenterologist in Clearwater, FL

Advanced Digestive Care
Gastroenterology Staff in Clearwater, FL

Dr. Umesh Choudhry established the practice in 1998 after serving as Assistant Professor at University of South Florida. He obtained his Medical Degree from University of Delhi, India. Residency training at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis and Gastroenterology Fellowship at Wright State University, Ohio. He completed advanced Fellowship in Swallowing Disorders and Endoscopic Ultrasonography at University of South Florida Center for Swallowing Disorders. He received an ASGE national scholarship for his training in 1995 thereby becoming one of very few physicians in the nation with such training.

Over the years Dr. Choudhry has served as Chief of Endoscopy Division, GI section and Department of Medicine at Morton Plant Hospital. He provides a full complement of state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic services.


Dr. Gourisankar ( Shankar) Degala, MD

Gastroenterologist in Clearwater, FL

Advanced Digestive Care
Gastroenterology Staff in Clearwater, FL

Dr. Degala graduated from KIMS, Bangalore, India. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training, Fellowships in Gastroenterology, and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan.

He then joined the teaching faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology at Henry Ford Hospital and Health System before joining our practice. He has a special interest in endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the pancreas and biliary tract.

He specializes in advanced therapeutic procedures including ERCP, Endoscopic Ultrasound, BARRX radiofrequency ablation therapy, esophageal cryotherapy, optical coherance tomography, endoscopic mucosal resection, and enteral stenting.

Dr. Degala is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is also an active member of academic societies such as ASGE, ACG, and AGA. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Endoscopy Committee at Morton Palnt Hospital.


M. Angie Boyle PA-C

Physician Assistant in Clearwater, FL

Advanced Digestive Care
Gastroenterology Staff in Clearwater, FL

Ms. Boyle has been a dedicated physician assistant with Advanced Digestive Care since 2003. She completed her Physician Assistant training at Miami Dade College and Jackson Memorial Hospital with a Bachelors in Science from Emory University. She has established herself as one of the most accomplished Physician Assistants in the area and has a loyal patient following: ASGE, ACG, and AGA.