dr. abousaif, alaa abousaif md, gastroenterologists orange ca

Your Trusted Guide on your Journey to Wellness

Alaa Abousaif, MD is a Board Certified Internist and Gastroenterologist, as well as a Board Certified Obesity Medicine physician, who has been in private practice for nearly two decades. In that time, he has developed an outstanding reputation not only as a gastroenterologist but also as a caring and compassionate human being.


“When you’ve been doing what you do for as long as I have, patients tend to take for granted that you’re good at it,” explained Dr. Abousaif. “It’s kind of a given, because if you’re not, you certainly wouldn’t have lasted this long!”


Dr. Abousaif went on to say that what really sets physicians apart is how they treat their patients – how well they address not only their physical well-being but their emotional well-being as well.


“Patients come to us with a lot of anxieties and concerns – understandably so,” he said. “Our job as physicians is to put them at ease, address their concerns, and then do the best job possible for them.”


Dr. Abousaif is known not only for his expertise but also for his excellent bedside manner and caring personality…traits that have helped earn him a five-star online rating. With his outstanding reputation, he is also gastroenterologist of choice for other physicians and healthcare professionals.


In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Abousaif has also completed extensive advanced training in treating a multitude of digestive disorders, and believes in leveraging the latest technology to accurately diagnose and treat digestive problems.


As part of his commitment to helping others, Dr. Abousaif started a mentorship program designed to help students learn more about being a gastroenterologist and the business of owning your own practice.


“I find a lot of joy in what I do,” said Dr. Abousaif. “Helping put people on the path to health and wellness…what could be better than that!”



  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
    Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
  • National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
    National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive Disease Branch, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    1998 – 2001:  Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    Department of Medicine
    1996 – 1998: Residency in Internal Medicine
    1995 – 1996: Internship in Medicine
  • University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX
    Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
    1994 – 1995: Research Associate
  • Asadi Hospital, Damascus, Syria
    1993 – 1994: Internship in Medicine and Surgery
  • University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Damascus, Syria
    1987 – 1993: Doctor of Medicine

Certificates & Licenses

  • American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, 1998 & 2001
  • Board Certified in Obesity Medicine
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, 1991
  • California Medical License #C52710
  • Washington Medical License #MD00040570


  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)

Advanced Skills

  • Colonoscopy with polypectomy, endoscopic marking, control of bleeding, clipping, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) and stent placement
  • EGD with polypectomy, control of bleeding, clipping, EMR, gastrostomy tube placement, and pyloric and esophageal stent placement
  • Push enteroscopy including single balloon enteroscopy with biopsy, polypectomy, endoscopic marking, control of bleeding, clipping and enteral stent placement
  • ERCP with sphincterotomy, stone extraction, stent placement, and tissue collection
  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy