Gastroenterology Specialists of Arkansas was formed in 2011 by a group of highly skilled and experienced board-certified gastroenterologists. They are the only comprehensive, technologically advanced Gastroenterology and Hepatology practice in Northeast Arkansas. Committed to providing patients with the highest quality care, the medical group performs both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including treatment of advanced biliary tract diseases.

— Meet the doctors
Skilled and highly qualified: All physicians are board certified in Gastroenterology from the American Board of Internal Medicine and are qualified to treat every aspect of gastroenterological and hepatic disease (except liver transplantation).

Experienced and highly trained: Gastroenterology Specialists of Arkansas bring to their Practice a collective 30 years of experience. They consistently exceed the number of hours of continuing medical education that is required so they can remain on the cutting edge of new and important medical technology developments. They have the most training in advanced biliary procedures of any other doctors in Northeast Arkansas.

Compassionate and dedicated: Serving your Northeast Arkansas neighborhood and the Mid-South environs, the physicians were born and bred in Arkansas. Dr. Matt Garner and Dr. Mike Sifford were raised right here in Jonesboro. Dr. Stockdale grew up in south Arkansas.


Barry M. Garner, M.D.
I graduated from Arkansas State University with a B.S. in Zoology. Then I completed my Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. I trained at the University of Tennessee in Memphis for the next six years. I did my internship and residency in internal medicine and was the chief of medicine. I also did my fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. I am Board certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Gastroenterology. I loved my work at UT; however, my heart’s always remained in Arkansas. I returned to Jonesboro in 1995 where I’ve specialized in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Clopton Clinic until opening GSA. I have an interest in motility disorders and advanced biliary disease. In addition to the American Medical Association and Arkansas State Medical Society, I’m a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American College of Physicians.

 

Donovan R. Stockdale, M.D.
I hold a B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology with an interest in literature. I received my Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. I also did my internship and residency in internal medicine at UAMS. I moved to Saint Louis University Hospital to do my fellowship in gastroenterology. I am board certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Gastroenterology. Like the other doctors here at GSA, my true desire was to ultimately practice medicine in my home state, which I’ve done since 2004. My first few years were interrupted by military service. I served 12 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard. I did 2 tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and served one tour in hurricane Katrina relief. I specialized in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Clopton Clinic in Jonesboro before opening GSA with Dr. Garner and Dr. Sifford. I have an interest in gastroenterology cancers and biliary disease. I am one of two physicians in the state of Arkansas that does endoscopic ultrasound. I’m a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and American Gastroenterology Association.

 

Michael H. Sifford, M.D.
I received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, followed by a Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. I trained as an intern and resident in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. This is also where I trained as a fellow in gastroenterology. Then I returned to my beloved hometown of Jonesboro in 2007 where I specialized in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Clopton Clinic before starting GSA. I have an interest in therapeutic biliary procedures and advanced biliary disease. I am board certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Gastroenterology. I’m also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical Honor Society), and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

 

  — Meet the staff
 

Lisa M. Kaffka, APN
I was born, bred and am a happy resident of Jonesboro, Arkansas. I graduated from Arkansas State University with a B.S. and an M.S. in Nursing. Additionally, I hold a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. I started out as a staff RN at St. Bernard’s Medical Center and worked four years as RNP at Neurosurgical Associates. I came up through the ranks at Clopton Clinic, holding a number of positions, including Director of Nursing and medical records manager to my most recent post as APN (Advanced Practice Nurse) in the gastroenterology department. I’m excited to be a part of GSA where I will be able to collaborate with three of Jonesboro’s finest physicians regarding patient health care.

   
     
   
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B. Matt Garner, M.D.

 

 

Donovan R. Stockdale, M.D.

 

 

Mike Sifford, M.D.
 
   
         
       
         
         
         
 

 

 

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