Bezawit Tekola, MD

Bezawit Tekola, MD

Board Certified in Gastroenterology

Dr. Tekola had many interests growing up, but when it came time to choose a career, patient care felt like the most natural fit. The decision to specialize in gastroenterology was easy for her, as she discovered she was happiest when working in this field. She loves the ability to treat adult patients of all ages, the continuity of care that many other subspecialties do not allow for, and the range of diverse procedures.

During her training, Dr. Tekola also pursued an interest in research, working for the UVA Center for Global Health, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Throughout her childhood, Dr. Tekola traveled frequently with her family, experiencing first hand a variety of cultures and environments. Seeing the disparities in health care inspired her to become actively involved with several international health organizations. She was the youngest participant and one of only three US representatives invited by the World Gastroenterology Organization to participate in a collaborative forum for world leaders in education.

Dr. Tekola enjoys treating the full range of GI issues, and also has a special interest in liver disease and advanced endoscopy. Smart and intuitive, she employs a thoughtful, caring approach, communicating with patients from their perspective.

Having spent much of her youth in Vienna, Virginia, Dr. Tekola was happy to return to this area to be closer to family and friends. We are pleased to welcome her to our GANV team in September, 2014.

Dr. Tekola is also fluent in French and Amharic.

Medical Degree: 
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency: 
University of Virginia Health System
Fellowship(s): 
University of Virginia Health System
Professional Memberships: 
American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastrointestinal Association
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
World Gastroenterology Organization