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.
Dr. Malik enjoys fitness, hiking, backpacking, traveling and supporting social causes with emphasis on local charities.
Terrinda Alston, DNP, FNP-C*
Terrinda Alston is a board-certified family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She received her Associate of Science in Nursing from Medical Careers Institute in 2007. As a registered nurse, she gained experience in a variety of areas including medical-surgical, stepdown/telemetry, dialysis, and correctional nursing. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Norfolk State University in 2012 and continued on to receive her of Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track from Walden University in 2014.
While working full-time as a hematology/medical oncology nurse practitioner with Bon Secours Maryview Medical Oncology, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing degree at Old Dominion University in May 2018 and graduated with honors. She also worked as an adjunct clinical instructor for RN students attending Medical Careers Institute.
Terrinda is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Association of DNPs, and Advanced Practitioner Society of Hematology and Oncology; and was inducted into The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
In her spare time, Terrinda enjoys spending time with her husband and son; as well as her family and friends. Her favorite past times are traveling and reading.
Ashley Alexander, FNP-C*
Ashley Alexander is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009 from East Carolina University’s College of Nursing in Greenville, NC.
As a Registered Nurse, Ashley gained experience in a variety of areas including intensive care, medical-surgical, telemetry and emergency medicine. She began working as a Registered Nurse at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC and while working full-time finished her Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner field in 2012. As a Nurse Practitioner, Ashley has gained further experience in hospital medicine as well as primary care medicine. While
working, she mentored several Nurse Practitioner students for their clinical rotations.
Ashley is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association and she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society in 2008, where she remains an active member.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as her other family members. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, traveling and exploring new places.
Testimonials from Patients and Colleagues
Dr. Malik is a brilliant, caring physician who really listens to me before advising, recommending and prescribing. He keeps up with the latest developments in his area of expertise and is always learning how to best treat his patients. His attitude and demeanor clearly exemplify his warmth and dedication.
Dr. Malik has been my gastro dr. for 10 years. I trust him 100% with my gastro health. He cares about his patients and make sure they get the best care available. He also took care of my husband when he was sick until his passing. I would recommend Dr. Malik to anyone who needed a caring and wonderful doctor. I’m hoping his practice gets an office closer to our area, Portsmouth or Suffolk.
Having been under Dr. Malik’s care at his previous practice, I knew no matter where he relocated, I wanted to be there. His knowledge and expertise is excellent. His attention to detail is very thorough and his interest in all your questions and your answers is truly genuine. He will find the best and most beneficial treatment option for you. No matter what procedure you may need, or any health concerns you may have, you can be assured you will get the great care you expect and deserve.
David H. Balaban M.D., FACG
Charlottesville Gastroenterology Associates
I have had the privilege of working closely with Pramod on a variety of projects over the last several years, including initiatives benefiting gastroenterologists in Virginia, clinical research studies, and expert panels. In each task, Pramod has distinguished himself as an astute, savvy, and erudite clinician-scientist who embodies the ideals of professionalism set forth by the [American College of Gastroenterology].
Heather Carter, RN, BSN
Clinical Nurse Leader
Endoscopy & Pain Management
Augusta Health, Fishersville, VA
Many times I have heard staff comment on your knowledge and teaching skills. You have a positive demeanor and always offered to help other physicians and nursing staff when available. Your punctuality daily was greatly appreciated as well. You made the patients and family feel confident in the care that you provided them.
Eileen Rose Babb, BSN, RN, CGRN, CFER
Clinical Coordinator, Endoscopy Department
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Pramod Malik for the majority of my specialized gastroenterology nursing career. He is a superb gastroenterologist who expects the same standard of excellence from those who serve alongside him. To his patients, Dr. Malik is a genuine and compassionate health care provider who will go “above and beyond” in his relentless pursuit to deliver the best care to his patients. To the varied stakeholders he is associated with, he is held in high regard as a collaborative team player who ensures top-notch patient care delivery process based on best practices and quality measures.
Vicky Goff, RN
Clinical Leader Endoscopy
Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center
I have been employed at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center for 33 years and associated with hundreds of doctors during my tenure. In that time I have met many very capable physicians, but only a few that have gained the respect that Dr. Malik has throughout the hospital staff. ….. as Clinical Leader in the Endoscopy Unit I have observed and learned why he has garnered such respect from the medical community. Dr. Malik is an exceptional physician. He treats all staff members with respect and kindness. His demeanor communicates confidence, which translates into exceptional care and inspires the staff to do and be their best. His positive and encouraging attitude brings a higher level of professionalism to our work environment at the hospital.
Russell Brown, MD
Professor of Medicine
Section of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
I have known Dr. Malik since he began his Gastroenterology fellowship at UIC in 1995. I served as an attending faculty member and endoscopy mentor for him throughout his fellowship. Since then, I have kept close contact with him and see him regularly at yearly meetings such at DDW. His work as a GI fellow was exemplary, and I still consider him the finest clinical fellow we have had at UIC since I began in 1994. His knowledge base, work ethic, and dedication to his patients were outstanding, and his endoscopic skills were excellent.
I have been seen by Dr. Malik for the past 15 years, since I was 15 years old. I have had several doctors before him at Children's Hospital of Kings Daughter, VCU Health ( MCV), and John Hopkins.Out of all the doctors that I have had for the past 20 years, he is by far the best! Dr. Malik helped me transition from a pediatric patient to an adult patient by asking me what I thought and what I wanted. I had never been treated with such the upmost respect and as if my opinion mattered.
* In order for Dr. Malik and his staff to give his patients the best care possible in a timely and efficient manner, you may be seen by a board-certified Nurse Practitioner, selected and further trained in GI specialty by Dr. Malik himself. Even when Dr. Malik is not physically in the office, he works in close coordination with the Nurse Practitioners to formulate your treatment plan and is involved in your care.
If you would like to schedule an appointment about an acute medical concern, our Nurse Practitioners often have same-day availabilities. Ask the front desk to find out how soon you can schedule your next appointment.