You can ask your primary care physician for a referral to a female gastroenterologist, according to Healthgrades. If you have friends or family members who have used a good female gastroenterologist, try asking them for suggestions as well.
Some hospitals have developed female-specific gastrointestinal health programs, notes Healthgrades. Some of these, such as the one at Hartford Hospital, feature all-female staffs.
After you get some suggestions, research the potential doctors, suggests Healthgrades. Use online patient reviews and other rating systems to see what other patients think about each doctor. Make sure the doctor is a board-certified gastroenterologist and that she has a good legal and disciplinary history. You can find this information on some private websites, such as Healthgrades or Castle Connolly, or through your state medical board.
Find out what each gastroenterologist specializes in before choosing a candidate, suggests Healthgrades. Ask the doctor about her experience with the condition you need to have treated. If you plan to choose a doctor for a specific procedure, ask her how many times she has performed that procedure and about any complications she or her patients have experienced.
Set up a preliminary meeting with the gastroenterologist, suggests Healthgrades. During this time, evaluate the doctor's behavior. Ask her questions, and see how she responds. Make sure you feel comfortable with her, because you may have to discuss personal details.