Scot Lewey, Gastroenterologist, Gastroenterology Associates of Colorado Springs
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Dr. Scot M. Lewey

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Local Address: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Gastroenterology Associates of Colorado Springs

Employment History

  • Partner, Chief Medical Officer
    Gastroenterology Associates of Colorado Springs

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Partner and Owner
    Pikes Peak Endoscopy Surgery Center
  • Chair, GI Oncology Quality Team
    Memorial Hospital
  • Chair, Gastroenterology Section
    Memorial Hospital
  • Medical Director
    Lynn Institute of Rockies, Digestive Motility Center
  • Faculty Member
    Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center
  • Chief, Gastroenterology Service
    Evans Army Hospital


  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine , Medicine
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience


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Scot M Lewey DO - Colorado ..., 10 Dec 2011 [cached]
Scot M Lewey DO - Colorado Springs
Dr. Scot Lewey says gluten disorders are far more widespread than many realize. Full-blown celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people, yet it is frequently missed or misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. Celiac disease is contributing to the rising tide of autoimmune conditions: type I diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, early-onset osteoporosis in women and osteoporosis in men. It causes untold misery for patients, who may suffer infertility, recurrent miscarriages, unexplained loss of sensation in the hands or feet, fibromyalgia, rashes, malnutrition ...
Dr. Scot Lewey says gluten disorders are far more widespread than many realize. Full-blown celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people, yet it is frequently missed or misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. That is unfortunate, Dr. Scot Lewey says, because celiac disease is contributing to the rising tide of autoimmune conditions: type I diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, early-onset osteoporosis in women and osteoporosis in men. It causes untold misery for patients, who may suffer infertility, recurrent miscarriages, unexplained loss of sensation in the hands or feet, fibromyalgia, rashes, malnutrition, and chronic fatigue, as well as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Some celiac sufferers are so sensitive to gluten that they can go into shock and die after ingesting even a small amount. They must stringently follow a gluten-free diet.
Dr. Lewey, a gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology Associates of Colorado Springs, thinks there are many more people who do not meet the criteria for full-blown celiac disease but who are gluten-sensitive.
"For every identified celiac disease patient, there are three to ten more with clinical histories consistent with celiac who don't test positive," Dr. Lewey writes in an article at
However, anyone with a family history of celiac disease should be screened, Dr. Lewey says.
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
Dr. Lewey's personal experience has led him to take a wider view of gluten-related conditions. In medical school, he diagnosed himself with irritable bowel syndrome and lactose intolerance. But after his wife was diagnosed with full-blown celiac disease, he underwent testing and found that he carried one of the celiac genes. Other tests also were positive.
When Dr. Lewey adopted a gluten-free diet, his IBS symptoms resolved and his lactose tolerance improved dramatically. His 22-year-old son, whose only symptoms were seizures after drinking beer or eating bread, also underwent blood testing and a biopsy that confirmed celiac.
Dr. Lewey began consuming what he calls "a daily diet" of articles about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. These articles opened his eyes to a spectrum of gluten-related illnesses, which were beginning to be named: Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) or Gluten-Related Disease (GRD).
"I was already aggressively looking for celiac disease, but I began considering NCGS or GRD in all my patients," he says. He started recommending stool antibody testing and genetic screening to patients who had symptoms suggesting gluten sensitivity. He found that patients who adopted a gluten-free diet experienced dramatic improvements in their intestinal and extra-intestinal symptoms and overall health.
"It has gone from wild to domesticated," Dr. Lewey says.
"I think we're going to see more celiac disease because of this gluten prevalence in foods, along with the high prevalence of the genes and stress, which makes the gut more leaky," Dr. Lewey says. "The human body is going to have difficulty handling foreign proteins."
Although it has not been scientifically proven, there is some evidence that probiotics break down gluten. Digestive enzymes also may help make gluten less toxic, Dr. Lewey says. He advises his patients to take probiotics before going out to eat in case of accidental exposure.
But Dr. Lewey warns that your test results may not be accurate if you've already adopted a gluten-free lifestyle.
ACP-ASIM - IMpact: Spring 2000, 1 April 2000 [cached]
The following is an interview of a prominent gastroenterologist, Scot M. Lewey, DO, FACP, in private practice in Colorado Springs, by a fourth-year medical student, Andy Magnet, from the Medical College of Virginia.
IMpact: How is the specialty of gastroenterology different from general medicine?
Dr. Lewey: Gastroenterology differs from internal medicine in that it is a subspecialty of internal medicine focused on the digestive and hepatobiliary system.To the cognitive skills of focusing on this system are added the technical skills of gastrointestinal endoscopy for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
IMpact: What are some of the common procedures performed in the field of gastroenterology?
Dr. Lewey: The common procedures performed in gastroenterology are upper and lower endoscopy.
Dr. Lewey: The endoscopy portion is usually what is most exciting and fulfilling about gastroenterology, especially when you consider there are few other areas in medicine where a pre-cancerous lesion can be screened for and removed prior to becoming truly cancerous.
Dr. Lewey: I chose a career in gastroenterology on the basis of the excitement I found in being able to see the disease process I was dealing with and treating, often right then and there through my scope.While working as an internist in a military hospital, I was joined by an internist/gastroenterologist who helped me cover our internal medicine clinic during a staff shortage.He was a faculty member at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, where there is a gastroenterology fellowship program.He reintroduced me to a subspecialty I had previously been very fond of in residency.During my residency it happened that several of my attendings were gastroenterologists.I believe they instilled their enthusiasm deep into my being, although it was not until I had been out of residency for several years and was exploring civilian job opportunities that I rediscovered gastroenterology.
IMpact: Could you describe you career path?
Dr. Lewey: I would not consider my career path as being traditional.
Dr. Lewey: The primary potential disadvantage I can see to choosing gastroenterology as a career would be the additional time commitment of three years of fellowship beyond internal medicine residency.
Dr. Lewey: I would recommend the specialty of gastroenterology to medical students and residents because it is quite fulfilling to be able to both visually diagnose and intervene in disease processes.The specialty has many new technologies that will further enhance the abilities of gastroenterologists, especially endoluminal ultrasonography, laser, and photodynamic therapies.
IMpact: Do you have any advice for medical students who are interested in gastroenterology as a career?
Dr. Lewey: For those interested in gastroenterology as a career I recommend a rotation on a busy gastroenterology service with a gastroenterology fellowship program.
Dr. Lewey, 15 Mar 2007 [cached]
Dr. Lewey
Dr. Lewey was born and raised in the Kansas City area. He received his Bachelors degree from William Jewell College and his medical education from the University of Health Sciences College Of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City. Upon graduation Dr. Lewey was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and reported to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for his internship in 1984 and then following his internship Dr. Lewey was selected as one of the Army's first combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residents at William Beaumont Army Medical Center where he received the Outstanding House staff Research Award.
After residency he assumed several leadership positions including command of the Main Support Battalion's medical company of 1st Infantry Division (Mech) Main Support Battalion during the first Gulf War where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal and Combat Medic Badge. In 1994 he was one of only two physicians promoted two years early to Lieutenant Colonel.
Dr. Lewey completed his fellowship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, where he remained until its closure in 1996. He then became the Chief of Gastroenterology at Evans Army Hospital before leaving the military to enter private practice in 1998. r. Lewey's special interests and expertise include Celiac Sprue, food intolerance, inflammatory bowel diseases and advanced endoscopic procedures. Dr. Lewey has written numerous articles, book chapters, and a booklet. He has five children from grade school age to young adult. His hobbies include skiing, photography, genealogy, Civil War history and the love of sport cars.
Scot Lewey, DO, 22 Jan 2006 [cached]
Dr. Scot Lewey, a partner at Gastroenterology Associates, said that as a veteran himself, he found the decision to terminate Tricare "personally difficult."
Lewey, former chief of gastroenterology at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson and a lieutenant colonel who commanded a medical company in the Gulf War, said many of the patients he saw on post followed him to private practice.
But he said the administrative problems with Tricare have put too much of a financial burden on the practice.
Mary Bartels, a patient at Gastroenterology Associates for five years, is considering paying her medical bills out of pocket to keep Lewey as her doctor.
Lewey also diagnosed Bartels' 18-year-old daughter, Krystal, with the same condition.
Lewey said many Tricare patients now being seen by the six-physician practice, which specializes in conditions such as celiac, colon cancer and ulcers, will have to be absorbed by three or four other specialists in the community.
The practice still will see patients who have Medicare or another primary insurance carrier and Tricare as their secondary carrier; those claims are processed under the main carrier.
Among the problems with Tricare cited by Lewey and Gooding: patients being bounced between Fort Carson and the practice for care, incomplete referral authorizations, not paying contracted rates and wrongly assessing co-pays.
The Sun Herald | 01/30/2003 | Doctors offer better test for reflux disease, 30 Jan 2003 [cached]
"That's why there are aisles and aisles of antacids," said Dr. Scot Lewey, with Gastroenterology Associates of Colorado Springs.
Heartburn occurs when stomach contents back up, or reflux, into the esophagus.Frequent and severe reflux is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and can lead to difficulty swallowing and other problems.
Doctors use pH testing, which measures acid levels, to help diagnose GERD and assess its severity.Until now, such testing has involved a catheter placed through the nasal passage into the esophagus and connected on the outside to a recording device.But recently, hospitals have begun using a new catheter-free system designed to enhance patient comfort and convenience.
The Bravo capsule usually is inserted during an endoscopy, an outpatient procedure in which a patient is asleep, Lewey says.
For 48 hours, the capsule transmits data via radio frequency to a pager-sized receiver the patient wears.The data then are uploaded into a computer for the doctor to review.
The testing confirmed Clarke has abnormal reflux, Lewey said.
Dr. Scot Lewey, a Colorado Springs gastroenterologist, offers these tips to avoid heartburn:
• Pace yourself instead of eating large amounts at one time.
• Avoid lying down within one or two hours after eating a meal.
• Drink water with your meal instead of alcohol or carbonated beverages.
• Act pre-emptively by taking antacids or acid-suppressing medicines before eating.
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