Edward Barbarito, MD
GASTROENTEROLOGIST AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Barbarito is an internal medicine physician and gastroenterologist (GI) who has been caring for patients with digestive illnesses for more than 20 years. He is completing his coursework for a functional medicine certification from the Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI), a branch of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
Currently in private practice at Morris County Gastroenterology Associates, Dr. Barbarito is also on staff at St. Claire’s and Morristown Memorial Hospital. He attended New Jersey Medical School (now Rutgers) in Newark from 1993 to 1997. He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship there as well from 1997 to 2000 and 2000 to 2003, respectively, and was chief medical resident at Hackensack University Medical Center from 1999 to 2000.
Dr. Barbarito has joined the PALM Health team to be able to practice an integrative approach to patient care. He has a professional and personal interest in digestion in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and in patients who have food-related sensitivities.
As part of the PALM medical clinic, he will be providing functional medicine GI consults, as well as ongoing integrative medical care.
Firsthand Experience with Digestive Illness
“I developed ulcerative colitis (or UC, a type of inflammatory bowel disease) in my early twenties. Over more than ten years, through personal research, open dialogue with colleagues and patients, and trial and error, I have found the foods best suited to my body’s altered digestive system. My personal experience with digestive illness and subsequent recovery has significantly impacted my approach to patients.”
The Importance of Lifestyle Changes
“Historically, doctors would just give you a pill to fix your problem. It’s a tradition dating back hundreds, even thousands of years, but it’s limiting, and patients should expect more. If they don’t, they are missing the opportunity to make therapeutic lifestyle changes through things like food and fitness that could have great impacts on their health.”
Proper Nutrition is Key to Good Health
“I truly believe that ‘food is medicine’ and gladly share my experience with my patients. I first and foremost encourage my patients to find their way to good health through proper diet and lifestyle choices as the backbone of their treatment. Conventional medicine has its place in improving many digestive illnesses, but it will never replace proper nutrition.”
Lifestyle Changes Can Be Gradual
“I always preach patience when encouraging patients to make dietary changes. People need to understand that changing their diet can be a gradual process. It’s okay to cheat now and again if that’s what you need to stay motivated and feeling good. For me, I eat ice cream twice a week! Wednesdays and Sundays!”