Advanced Gastroenterology

Jawahar L. Taunk, M.D

American Board of Internal Medicine
Gastroenterology (G.I.)

Location: Palm Harbor / Dunedin – Pinellas County

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology (G.I.)


  • Fellowship G.I. ~ UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Internal Medicine Residency ~ College of Physician & Surgeons of Columbia University at Harlem Hospital Center, NY
  • Internal Medicine Residency ~ S.M.S. Medical College Hospital, Jaipur, India
  • Medical School ~ S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur, India

High Quality Colonoscopy

  • Dr. Taunk provides some of the highest quality colonoscopies in the Tampa Bay area.  The quality of your colonoscopy is determined by how often your gastroenterologist finds an adenoma (pre-cancerous polyp) and is measured by a statistic known as adenoma detection rate (ADR). The higher the ADR, the more often your gastroenterologist finds pre-cancerous polyps and prevents colon cancer.  The national average for ADR among all gastroenterologists is 25%.  Dr. Taunk has an ADR of 56%, which is considered one of the best ADRs in the Tampa Bay area. This means, that Dr. Taunk is among the top gastroenterologists in preventing colon cancer and you can rest assured that you will be receiving a high quality colonoscopy.


  • Gastroenterology G.I. ~ Private Practice 1993 – Present
  • Chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Director of GI Endoscopy Unit at VA Hospital, Lyons, NJ


  • Clinical Research ~ 80 Research Studies, as Principal Investigator since 1993
  • 10 Research Publications


  • Chairman ~ Department of Gastroenterology at Mease Hospitals

    Florida Hospital North Pinellas (Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital) ~

    • President Elect 1999-2001
    • Medical Staff Executive Committee
    • Quality Improvement (QI) Committee
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee


  • Dr. Taunk has been rated one of the best Gastroenterologists in the area by
  • Selected as America’s Top Gastroenterologist by Consumer’s Research Council of America
  • Rated as Top Gastroenterologist in Palm Harbor by the Internal Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHCP)
  • Awarded Doctor of the Year 2012 by the Clearwater, FL, Free Clinic
  • 4 Star Outstanding G.I. Doc by Vitals 2012
  • Patient’s Choice Award by MDx Medical, Inc. 2010
  • Compassionate Doctor Award by Vitals 2009
  • Glaxo Research Institute Fellows Award 1991
  • Gold Medal for Best All Rounder Candidate in M.D. Program 1980