Dr. Parekh attended the University of Texas at Austin, followed by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. For the majority of his final year in medical school, he worked abroad on various public health programs in Pakistan.
Upon returning to the U.S., Dr. Parekh earned a masters in public health from Harvard University. He then completed his internship and residency at the University of New Mexico, where he was elected “Intern of the Year” and became a member of the faculty while chief resident.
Dr. Parekh next completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, with advanced training in biliary endoscopy and a focus on inflammatory bowel disease.
In 2007, he joined Digestive Healthcare and is a member of both the Endoscopy Committee and the Heartburn Committee at Rex Hospital, as well as a member of the Executive Committee at the Raleigh Endoscopy Center.
His clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis), colon cancer screening and prevention, esophageal disease, biliary tract disease, and the impact of diet and lifestyle on the GI system.
Dr. Parekh has presented clinical research at international gastroenterology meetings and published research on colon cancer prevention and testing in several peer-reviewed journals. He has been invited to speak about colon cancer and prevention on UNC Public Television, and about inflammatory bowel disease to the North Carolina Society of GI nurses and the NCNA Nurse Practitioner annual meeting. His research was awarded the ACG Auxiliary Award for the best paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Parekh is an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association and the NC GI Society.