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We moved our Harrisonburg office!

Our new address is

3320 Emmaus Road
Harrisonburg VA 22801



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Our phone number has not changed. Please call us at 540-946-1662 (Waynesboro) or 540-437-0087 (Harrisonburg) if you have any questions.

The new center of Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology, PLLC has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Accreditation distinguishes this gastrointestinal endoscopy center (a center for colonoscopies and upper endoscopies) from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety.


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Emily Couric Memorial Lecture — 2020

Katie Couric presents the Emily Couric Memorial Lecture. A conversation with Ms. Couric follows the lecture.

A change to address the unknown

6 GIs react to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendation to lower CRC screening age to 45

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force proposed lowering the colorectal cancer screening age to 45 in response to growing early-onset CRC rates. In the news article linked below, six gastroenterologists discuss how the change will affect their practice.

Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology was the first GI practice to validate the changes in screening colonoscopy to age 45 as seen in an interview of Dr. Pou on WHSV.

Watch Dr. Pou Interview on WHSV Reaction from 6 Gastroenterology Practices

Why The Rise of Colon Cancer In Young People Is Puzzling Doctors

Mark Pochapin, President of the American College of Gastroenterology, on the latest developments in colorectal cancer research

by Katie Couric

It was devastating to hear about actor Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer at the age of 43. And it hit particularly close to home for me, as my late husband Jay died of the same disease when he was 42 — more than twenty years ago.

One of his doctors was Mark Pochapin, who is now President of the American College of Gastroenterology. He answers my questions on the latest developments in colorectal cancer research and offers advice on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the second leading cancer killer in the U.S.

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Jimmy Kimmel goes to his first colonoscopy with a lot of help from Katie Couric — take a look at this funny video

Make an Appointment for a Screening

Do you know how to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer? The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened. The first step is yours … contact our office to make an appointment.

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Browse our site for resources and tools. Learn how to prepare. Know what to expect.

Consider this blog by Danny Zollars

Danny Zollars was diagnosed with Stage 4 rectal cancer at the age of 33 and found to have liver and lung metastases. He underwent more than 30 surgeries and other procedures, 28 days of radiation therapy, weeks of hospital stays and months of chemotherapy to combat the disease.

Dr. Pou had the pleasure to meet with this fighter at a GI conference where Danny shared the patient's perspective with doctors. We are saddened to learn that Danny has passed away and wish to pass our condolences to his wife Amy and their daughter Zoe. We keep Danny’s family in our prayers.

Shenandoah Gastroenterology still encourages you to visit Danny’s blog and learn more about his fight with cancer, the in and outs of the medical world and the unique perspective he shared.

Visit Danny's Blog

Quality of Services

"Quality Matters"

Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology is the newest collaborator in National Quality Improvement Registry [GIQuIC] measuring quality of endoscopy services.

  • Two-thirds of colon polyps are the precancerous types called Adenomas.
  • A higher percentage of Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR) means that there is a lower chance of those patients coming back with a cancerous polyp within 5 years of the first colonoscopy.
  • Equation: ADR = (Total procedures with adenoma ÷ Total procedures) x 100
  • The graphs below show that Dr. Pou has a higher percentage of ADR compared to other GI practices nationally meaning that his patients have a lower chance of developing polyp cancer within 5 years of their first colonoscopy procedure.
  • Chart 1 describes the ADR with a regular colonoscopy screening.
  • Chart 2 describes the ADR with serrated lesions (another type of polyp which is slightly harder to detect due to their flat appearance).
  • Dr. Pou's rates for these screening procedures are BETTER than Entire Study.
  • Every 1.0% increase in ADR is associated with:
    • 3% decrease in risk of colorectal cancer.
    • 5% reduction in colorectal cancer death.

Chart 1 describes the ADR with a regular colonoscopy screening.


Chart 2 describes the ADR with serrated lesions (another type of polyp which is slightly harder to detect due to their flat appearance).


Source: Corley DA, et al. N Engl J Med.2014;370(14):1298-1306.


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