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About Dr Houghton

Dr Houghton earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School (Now Rutgers Medical School) in 2002. He moved to southern Ohio in 2012, and has been practicing at Southern Ohio Medical Center, as the Senior Medical Director of Gastroenterology, since that time. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been in practice since 2008, remaining board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology for his entire career.

What we treatSouthern Ohio Medical Center

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What we do


Colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure that lets your physician look inside your entire colon (large intestine). The doctor will be able examine from the lowest part..
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On the day of the procedure, the Endoscopy Nurse will place an IV into your hand or arm. When it is time for your procedure

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Bravo Esophageal pH testing

Esophageal pH testing allows your doctor to determine if you are continuing to have acid reflux
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Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy or video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is a wireless, non-invasive.
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Hemorrhoidal Banding

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that occur inside and outside of the rectum.
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BarrX ablation

Capsule endoscopy or video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is a wireless, non-invasive.
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Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)

An ERCP is a procedure where a flexible camera is safely inserted into the mouth and carefully directed to the bile duct opening in the duodenum.

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Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (feeding tube placement)

A feeding tube, also referred to as a PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) tube, is sometimes needed when a patient can not adequately take in enough nutrients by mouth.

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Our Videos

Colon polyp removal video

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Here are just some of our online patient reviews…

Dr Houghton has done my upper GI. He is a great Dr and very professional.
billie wells
billie wells
Dr. Houghton is an incredible gastroenterologist that thinks outside the box. My digestive issues had been misdiagnosed for several years by another gastroenterologist, but when I switched to Dr. Houghton he figured out what my real condition was. Thanks Dr. H!
Rebecca Jackson
Rebecca Jackson
Dr. Houghton is a great doctor. He does a wonderful job. I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Houghton for all that you have done
Kelly Vanbibber
Kelly Vanbibber
Super professional but personally cares about each patient gives you the time to talk with him and figure out the best course of treatment for you. The entire team of nurses are also very helpful as no friendly thanks so much for all your help
joey whitling
joey whitling

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I couldn’t sleep well knowing I didn’t do my best for my patients that day — Dr Houghton
This month marks 10 years since I started at Southern Ohio Medical Center.
10 years; over 20,000 endoscopic procedures; and a few gray hairs (ok, maybe a lot).
If I prevented or detected a few cancers (colon, esophageal, liver) and got a few patients feeling better along the way, then I consider it a successful 10 years (and if I got a few people off soda pop, even better).
Thank you to all of my coworkers for all you do for me, and thank you to all of my patients for putting your trust in me.
Here’s to another 10 years!
Dr Houghton
“At this time, all magnesium citrate products have been recalled from OTC pharmacies.
This is due to some lots/products having been found to be contaminated with a bacteria (Gluconacetobacter liquefaciens).
This bacteria can be dangerous if you do not have a normal functioning immune system.
There is no word on when the products will be available again, however we will keep you posted as we find out more information”
-Dr Houghton

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Monday 830am to 5pm
Tuesday 830am to 5pm

Wednesday 830am to 5pm
Thursday 830am to 5pm
Friday 830am to 12pm

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      1711 27th Street Braunlin Building Suite 403 Portsmouth, OH 45662