The Gastroenterology Group, PCMeet the Physicians
Anita Wolke, M.D.
Dr. Wolke is a graduate of The University of Maryland and Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her internship, residency and fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and started the Gastroenterology Group in 1987. She is interested in colon cancer prevention, inflammatory bowel disease and gastro esophageal reflux. Dr. Wolke has authored several abstracts, articles and book chapters. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and their three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and enjoying life.
Alan J. Plotner, M.D.
Though he has lived in Northern Virginia for almost 15 years, Dr. Plotner is a true New Yorker. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and then pursued his medical studies at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. While there, he continued with his medical internship, residency and his gastroenterology training. Dr. Plotner joined The Gastroenterology Group in 1992 where his professional interests include inflammatory bowel disease, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. He resides with his wife and three charming daughters. He is a music enthusiast who also finds time for tennis and coaching his children's soccer team.
Andrew M. Axelrad, M.D.
Dr. Axelrad was born and raised in New York and graduated from the State University at Binghamton in 1985 and New York Medical College in 1989. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1992. He then sought advanced training in digestive diseases and liver disorders at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Axelrad joined the Gastroenterology Group in 1995 where his interests include biliary tract disorders, liver disease, gastrointestinal malignancy and interventional endoscopy. He has authored numerous abstracts, articles and book chapters. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two children. Dr. Axelrad enjoys traveling with his family, professional baseball (Yankees and Nationals) and has recently accepted golf into his life.
E. Christian Noguera, M.D.
Dr. Noguera was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina where he attended medical school at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (founded in 1613, it is the second oldest university of the Americas). He moved to the United States in 1994 to complete a research fellowship at the National Institute of Health. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Saint Raphael Hospital at Yale University in 2000, and his gastroenterology and liver disease fellowship at the combined Georgetown University, Veterans Administration Hospital and National Institute of Health program in 2003. Dr. Noguera joined the Gastroenterology Group in 2003 where his professional interests include colo-rectal cancer screening, esophageal disorders, liver disease, interventional, therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound for staging of gastrointestinal cancers. He is bilingual in Spanish and lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their five children. He enjoys many sports, and in addition to playing in an adult soccer league since 1996, he coaches his son's soccer team.
Emil F. Valle, M.D.
Dr. Valle is a native of Long Island New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University in New York and completed his medical degree at the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He completed his Internal medicine residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and his fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Liver disease at the University of Virginia in 2001. Dr. Valle joined the Gastroenterology Group in 2005. Dr. Valle has particular interest and experience in treating Inflammatory Bowel disease. He has received advanced training in the use of Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy to evaluate and diagnose disorders of the small intestine such as Crohn's disease and Celiac disease. Dr. Valle's other interests include colorectal cancer screening, gastro esophageal reflux disease, liver disease, and treatment of Irritable Bowel syndrome. Dr. Valle performs both diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. He currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two children. He enjoys playing soccer and coaching his children's soccer and baseball teams.
Minal Patel, M.D.
Dr. Patel was born in New York and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She moved to Virginia where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, and then completed her medical studies at Georgetown University. She completed her medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and then her fellowship in Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. While there, Dr. Patel also received specialized training in advanced GI procedures, Endoscopic Ultrasound and achieved an additional board certification in Nutrition. She has authored many abstracts, has medical papers in submission and has presented her research at conferences around the country. She joined the Gastroenterology Group in 2011, where her professional interests include advanced endoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies, pancreatic disorders, nutrition and colorectal cancer screening. She loves to cook and adventure travel the world with her husband, learning about different cultures and most importantly their cuisine. Dr. Patel is also conversational in Spanish.
Shilen V. Lakhani, M.D.
Dr. Lakhani was born and raised in West Virginia. After completing his undergraduate studies and receiving a Bachelor of Sciences degree at Virginia Tech, he returned to West Virginia to pursue his medical studies and graduated from the Marshall University School of Medicine. Since obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Lakhani has been living in the metropolitan DC area. Dr. Lakhani completed both his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at the Georgetown University Hospital program at Washington Hospital Center. During that time, he published numerous abstracts and presented his research at several Gastroenterology conferences throughout the country. He has received advanced training in biliary tract diseases and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Lakhani joined the Gastroenterology Group in 2007 and his professional interests include biliary tract disease, liver disease as well as diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer and golf and loves to travel. .