Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. But early detection through colonoscopy can reduce your risk of developing the disease by 90%.
Please note that we have moved to our new facility on Marginal Way in Portland. We will be updating our video to feature the new location. In the meantime, the information in the video about colonoscopy screening is important to know!
Welcome to Portland Gastroenterology Center, serving physicians and patients throughout Maine and Northern New England. We offer state-of-the-art technology in a safe, comfortable setting in Portland, Maine. As a patient, you benefit from the collective experience of our highly skilled gastroenterologists. From routine screenings to the most advanced procedures, we offer the best in care and always treat you with the dignity you deserve.
Portland Gastroenterology Center is very concerned about the spread of the virus and recognizes the importance of ensuring the safety of our staff while continuing to meet the needs of our patients. Our Practice is taking preventative measures and following the CDC’s guidelines of screening all persons entering our location. We will continue to make necessary adjustments, as required, to keep everyone safe and to do our best to prevent community spread of the coronavirus.
We invite you to watch our video about the importance of having a colonoscopy.
Important News regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Maybe you’re just unsure because you feel healthy. Maybe you’ve lost sight of the fact that colonoscopy protects even healthy people against the serious risk of colorectal cancer. Or, maybe, convincing a loved one of the importance of good colon health is a challenge.
Here at Portland Gastroenterology, our gastroenterologists are available to offer colonoscopies in the comfort of our state-of-the-art Endoscopy Center.
After you schedule your exam, go back to your to-do list and proudly check off this important step in protecting your health. With that out of the way, what’s next on your list? A cooking class? A new fishing rod? Guitar lessons? Good health opens many doors!
Portland Gastroenterology Center Welcome to Portland Gastroenterology Center, serving physicians and patients throughout Maine and Northern New England. We offer state-of-the-art technology in a
Karen Stoughton is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Prior to attending graduate school, Karen worked for over six years in gastroenterology as an endoscopy nurse and in medical-surgical hospital nursing. In May of 2014, she completed a master of science in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. Karen is a Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing inductee, and a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association. For relaxation Karen enjoys time with her family, swimming, and gardening.
Dr. Kilby is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and has a special interest in the treatment of liver disease (hepatology). He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Vermont. In addition to his clinical practice in gastrointestinal and liver diseases, Dr. Kilby is medical director for hepatitis at Maine Medical Center’s Virology Treatment Center. He is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff.
Dr. Pizzo is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She graduated from Bowdoin College and then completed medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Pizzo completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Virginia Health System and her gastroenterology fellowship at Lahey Clinic and Medical Center. She practices general gastroenterology and hepatology with a clinical interest in liver disease. Dr. Pizzo is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff. Dr. Pizzo enjoys hiking, skiing, and sailing with her family in her free time.
Dr. Baffy is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and obtained a master’s degree in public health from Drexel University. She then studied medicine in her native country, Hungary, at Semmelweis University. Following medical school, Dr. Baffy returned to Philadelphia for her internal medicine residency at Drexel University College of Medicine. She joins us directly from her gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. During her training, Dr. Baffy received the prestigious Hassan Loutfi, MD, Distinguished Fellow Award. Her clinical interests include general gastroenterology with a specific focus on women’s health. She is joined in Maine by her husband and two children, with whom she enjoys spending time outdoors.
Ekaterina Funk is a family nurse practitioner with four years of experience at Central Maine Medical Center. Ekaterina was a lead provider for the Behavioral Health Home Model, a collaboration with Tri-County Mental Health Services, and for the Medical Health Home Model, an initiative to bring the patient-centered medical home model to primary care practice in Maine. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Ekaterina was a registered nurse at the Orthopedic Institute of Central Maine, CMMC, and The Barron Center in Portland. Ekaterina received her bachelor of science in nursing and master of science from the University of Southern Maine. In her free time she enjoys reading, and spending time outside exploring Maine with her family. Ekaterina is fluent in Russian.
Dr. Mayes is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She is the first female gastroenterologist to serve the Portland area. Originally from Central America, her family settled in Maine in her youth, and she graduated from Yarmouth High School. She was a Rochester Early Medical Scholar (REMS), a highly selective eight-year BA/BS-MD program at the University of Rochester in New York. After completing a degree in mathematics, she received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. She completed her residency, and a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. During her training, Dr. Mayes received the Marvin J. Hoffman Award in Clinical Research and the Raphael Dolin Resident Research Award. Dr. Mayes’s areas of special interest include inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and autoimmune liver disease. She is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff.
Dr. Howell is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He graduated from Rutgers University and Temple University School of Medicine, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Howell served his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology. Dr. Howell is a clinical associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff. He serves as Maine Medical Center’s director of both its Advanced Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship and Pancreaticobiliary Center. Dr. Howell’s numerous professional positions have included past acting chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, chief of Interventional Endoscopy at Maine Medical Center, and president of the New England Endoscopy Society. He is currently an editorial review board member of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and sub-editor of UpToDate. Dr. Howell has served as principal investigator of numerous scientific studies and currently heads an international clinical research group studying new techniques and equipment for endoscopic therapy. He has served visiting professorships to faculties in the United States and worldwide, including Europe, Australia, Mexico, Canada, India, and other Asian countries. He has received multiple recognitions, including the Davis Foundation Grant Award, Maine Medical Center Master Teacher Award, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Scholarship Award, New England Endoscopy Society Original Research Award, and Maine Medical Association’s Young Doctor of the Year Award. In 2002, Dr. Howell received the ASGE’s Master Endoscopist Award at the Combined Society Gastroenterology meeting in San Francisco, California, an award given to one gastroenterologist annually among nearly 10,000 members worldwide, and in 2012, the ASGE’s Distinguished Teaching Award. His medical publications include many peer-reviewed original articles, book chapters and online contributions.
Dr. Potter is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. He was the recipient of the Lenna W. Perry Foundation Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to a New Hampshire medical student. He completed his internal medicine residency at Maine Medical Center and his gastroenterology fellowship at the Lahey Clinic. Before joining Portland Gastroenterology Center, Dr. Potter practiced at Gastroenterology Associates of Eastern Maine. Dr. Potter’s areas of special interest include colon cancer prevention, Barrett’s esophagus/GERD, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. He is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff.
Dr. Millspaugh is board-certified in gastroenterology. He graduated from Princeton University and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Millspaugh completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and served a fellowship in gastroenterology at Columbia University. Dr. Millspaugh was the recipient of a Rosenbluth Foundation Grant. He is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff.
Physicians & Staff Noemi Baffy, MD, MPH Dr. Baffy is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst