2940 N Circle Dr, Colo Spgs, CO 80909
ASSOCIATES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY WISH TO CONGRATULATE Drs. Garza, Lunt, and Swendsen for being selected as “Top Docs” in 2023. Our practice is honored by the recognition, and we wish to thank the medical community, our patients, and especially our staff who work behind the scenes day-in and day-out.
DR. GARZA completed his undergraduate and medical education at Vanderbilt University. He has a special interest in esophageal disease and GI malignancy. He also has performed many endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and ERCP procedures at Penrose Hospital, where he serves as Chairman of the Credentials Committee. He currently serves as the president of our practice and has an interest in GI practice management and improving delivery of care. He regularly attends national meetings and works with elected officials and representatives in Congress as part of the Digestive Health Physicians Association. He is also on Physician Advisory Board for GastroGPO. He enjoys hiking with his two dogs, skiing, and attending his kids’ many, many soccer games along with his wife.
DR. LUNT offers our patients expertise in multiple areas of advanced endoscopy, as well as offering life-changing therapies for fecal incontinence. He is native Coloradoan, avid skier, kayaker, sailor, and outdoor enthusiast. He has been a physician leader for many years, directing our endoscopy center since its inception in 2005, and in a recurring role as the physician director role for the GI labs at Penrose and St. Francis hospitals.
DR. SWENDSEN received his undergraduate and medical education in Utah, at BYU and the University of Utah respectively. He performs advanced endoscopic procedures, including EUS and ERCP, and serves on the Penrose-St. Francis GI Cancer Committee. His personal interests include spending time with his wife and four children, skiing (water and snow), hiking, and playing sports. True to his Canadian roots, he enjoys playing hockey every week. He is also a licensed pyrotechnician and hoping to one day launch fireworks off Pike’s Peak on New Year’s Eve.
ASSOCIATES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY has been providing excellent care in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Colorado Springs for 41 years. We currently have 10 physicians and 7 advanced-practice providers, all based out of our two offices in Colorado Springs. We treat the whole spectrum of GI disease. We offer access to dietician services, treatment of pelvic floor disorders and incontinence, advanced motility assessment, and non-invasive ways to assess liver disease. We have two locations, including our main office on the Audubon Medical Campus, and a second office in the new St. Peregrine Pavilion, on the campus of St. Francis Medical Center. Our newest endoscopy center, also in the St. Peregrine Pavilion, opened in 2021 to serve patients on the eastern and northern parts of our great city, and compliments our original endoscopy center, Endoscopy Center of Colorado Springs, ECCS. ECCS has been providing excellent outpatient endoscopic care since 2005, and annually has 99-100% patient satisfaction scores. We pride ourselves on a compassionate experience for our patients, with providers practicing the highest level of clinical gastroenterology.