Our History

MNGI Digestive Health (previously Minnesota Gastroenterology, P.A.) was created by a formal partnership of three independent Twin Cities GI practices: Digestive Healthcare, Gastroenterology Consultants and St. Paul Gastroenterology.

Digestive Healthcare had its beginnings in 1973, when Drs. Arnold Kaplan, Cecil Chally and Joseph Tombers came together to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with GI disorders. Similarly, Drs. Paul Dickinson and Al Belsito created St. Paul Gastroenterology in 1973. And, in 1975, Drs. Arnold Brier and Thomas Bagnoli founded Gastroenterology Consultants.

Choosing to specialize in gastroenterology care was an innovative concept in the mid-1970s. Not only were the three physician groups forerunners of today's modern GI practice, but each proved to be very successful: over the ensuing 20+ years, the groups added multiple partners and locations before deciding to consolidate into one comprehensive, collaborative practice in 1996.

Today, MNGI Digestive Health is one of the largest and most respected independent specialty practices in the United States. More than 100 gastroenterologists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners provide a full range of cognitive, diagnostic and therapeutic GI services to patients from throughout the Upper Midwest.