About Virginia Gastroenterology

Dr. Pramod Malik

Pramod Malik, MD


Although he has been in practice as a GI doctor since 1998, in January 2016, Pramod Malik, MD set out to establish Virginia Gastroenterology Institute in Suffolk, VA to be able to provide the same outstanding level of care for his patients and referring physicians that he has always strived for. While the location of his practice has changed, his philosophy of patient care has not – “the best interest of the patient is the ONLY interest to be considered.”

Education and Training

After completing high school, he immediately entered medical school at M.S. University of Baroda in India. Later, he finished a surgical residency and became a Board Certified Surgeon in India. In 1992, he moved to the United States and received residency training in Internal Medicine at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. Following this, Dr. Malik completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Malik is also Board Certified in Gastroenterology.

Honors and Awards

His peers throughout his career have recognized Dr. Malik. He has been voted by his peers in Hampton Roads as a “Top Doc” for several years. In addition, as a mark of his professional accomplishments, he has been elected a Fellow of the three major gastroenterology professions societies: the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

He has served in various leadership positions at various hospitals he has worked at. as well as regional societies such as the President of Virginia Gastroenterological Society and of the Seaboard Medical Association.


For more than 20 years after graduating from his training, Dr. Malik continues to be active in his academic pursuits. He continues to actively engage in research in the field of gastroenterology to provide the latest diagnostic and treatment options to his patients.

In 2008, he became one of the earliest physicians in the world to become a Certified Physician Investigator.

Professional and Personal Activities

In addition to caring for his patients, Dr. Malik is actively involved with organizations such as Seaboard Medical Association where he served as President and as an Executive Board Member. He continues to serve as a Board Member of the Virginia Gastroenterological Society.

In addition, he has also played an active role in multiple hospital committees including the Executive Board of the Bon Secours Digestive Health Institute and the Executive Board of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Digestive Health Institute.

Personal Interests

Dr. Malik enjoys fitness, hiking, backpacking, traveling and supporting social causes with emphasis on local charities.

Dr. Nakia S.

Nakia S. Francis, AGNP-C

Nakia (Nikki) is an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She uses her strong nursing skills to strive for the best individualized health care possible. She believes in building a long-lasting and trusting relationship with patients and their families. Her true desire is to enhance a positive healing experience to those in need.


Nikki is Board Certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and licensed by the state of Virginia.

She completed her Baccalaureate degree in Nursing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While working in the intensive care unit, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing with honors from Walden University.

She has experience working as a Registered Nurse in Emergency Care, a Charge Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit as well as a Department Manager in Infection Control.

Professional Activities

She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Personal Interests

When Nikki is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, eating healthy and shopping.

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