Gastroenterologist in Pueblo, CO
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
Atul Vahil, MD
Dr. Atul Vahil founded Digestive Diseases Specialists of Colorado in 2001 with the mission of providing gastroenterology services to southern Colorado. Our approach is patient centered and emphasizes patient education of illnesses and participation in their own health care.
Dr. Vahil has a distinction of being triple board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and clinical nutrition. His commitment to medicine and gastroenterology has earned him Fellowship of American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
“During my internal medicine residency I developed a strong interest in gastroenterology because of its complexity and the way it relates to nutrition and health. I decided to pursue my career in gastroenterology and clinical nutrition. This specialty gives me the opportunity to interact with my patients on a very personal level, help educate them regarding their gastrointestinal disease, and improve their overall health by listening to their symptoms, fears, and concerns. My particular interest is in the field of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis.”
Dr. Vahil has privileges at Pueblo Endoscopy Suites, Parkview Medical Center, and St. Mary Corwin.
Henrique Fernandez, MD
Dr. Henrique Fernandez joined Digestive Diseases Specialists from Spokane, Washington. Previously he worked at Parkview Medical Center where he was Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship program. Dr. Fernandez completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, completing his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Miami. He is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physicians and American Gastroenterology Association. He has privileges at Pueblo Endoscopy Suites as well as Parkview Medical Center, where he has also served as Chief of Medicine in the past.
Dr. Fernandez brings his desire to care for the whole patient, specializing in screening colonoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, biliary-pancreatic disease, reflux, and celiac. He is a dedicated husband, son, and father, enjoying spending outdoor time playing tennis, hiking, skiing, and playing with his beloved black Labrador.
Maritza Proano, MD
Dr. Maritza Proano is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. She graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City with a degree in Doctor of Medicine. She completed her medical training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic. Prior to moving to Colorado she was Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and brings with her more than 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Proano practices general gastroenterology and provides care for patients with a wide-range of gastroenterology conditions.
Brenda Carver-Torres, FNP-C
Brenda Carver-Torres, a native of Pueblo, obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1999 from the University of Southern Colorado. Working in same day surgery and endoscopy, she obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado in 2004.
Brenda joined Dr. Vahil in 2003, helping structure and open Pueblo Endoscopy Suites the following year. Since that time she has functioned as a nurse practitioner in the office while overseeing the surgery center as the Director of Nursing.