George F. Protopapas, MD

George F. Protopapas, MD
Valley Medical Group
Member, ColigoCare
ColigoCare is a network of physicians working collectively to provide the highest quality care to patients and the community.


VMG - Digestive Health

140 East Ridgewood Avenue
Suite 525 South
Paramus, NJ 07652
Phone: 201-614-6130
Fax: 201-523-9728



MD, St. George's University School of Medicine, 2004-2008

BA, New York University, 1998-2003


Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, 2012-2015

Internship & Residency

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2008-2012

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2011

Subspecialty Board Of Gastroenterology, 2015

American Board of Obesity Medicine, 2019

Get to Know Me

What are some of the specific conditions you treat?

Some of the specific conditions I deal with involve colon cancer screening, colon polyp/cancer surveillance, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its complications including Barrett’s Esophagus, esophagitis; stomach/duodenal ulcer, gastritis, gastroparesis, H pylori infection, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, SIBO, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), liver disease including NAFLD/NASH, viral hepatitis, pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts, abnormal bile duct pathology, and the medical management of obesity.

What techniques or procedures do you use in your practice?

Some of the techniques and procedures that I use in my practice include upper endoscopy, colonoscopy with biopsy, polyp resection, or control of bleeding; flexible sigmoidoscopy with biopsy, small intestine evaluation with video capsule endoscopy, esophageal pH monitoring, balloon dilation of strictures/rings/webs, endoscopic mucosal resection, push enteroscopy, variceal band ligation, H pylori breath testing, and feeding tube placement.

Describe some of your professional highlights.

I am board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Obesity Medicine. I served as both the Chief Internal Medicine Resident and Chief Gastroenterology Fellow at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. I have trained at a level 1 trauma and liver transplant center, and because of this, have been able to manage the most complex of gastrointestinal and liver conditions. Having worked in large multispecialty practices in New York over the last 7 years, I have been successful in helping patients address their gastrointestinal health while successfully navigating the complex healthcare system.

What would you like patients to know about your approach to care?

I understand that patients' gastrointestinal symptoms and concerns can be very sensitive topics. It is important that patients understand that no symptom is too small or silly to discuss with their gastroenterologist. I always say to "listen to what your body is trying to tell you... then relay that to me!" With that information, I take my time to understand where these symptoms may arise from. Together with the patient, I formulate a plan that we both can agree on.

What inspired you to become a doctor?

My earliest interactions with the medical field were as a child doing my homework in the corner booth at my parent's coffee shop (located within a hospital). Sitting back and watching the doctors come and go, listening to their interactions, and watching their fast-paced day-to-day routine appealed to me. This, coupled with my early interest in the sciences, led me down the path of considering medicine as a possible career path.


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