Woman suffering from stomach condition like IBS, clutching her stomach.

IBS: What is it?

By: Madison Bambini
Published: April 24, 2020

Suffering from stomach issues can be exhausting. If you find yourself with consistent abdominal cramping, bloating, and irregular bowel movements, you’re not alone. According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, 10-15% of the population worldwide suffers from IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a condition that affects the large intestine and can present itself in a variety of ways. Read more


Rosemarie Rosie McFather

Rosemarie “Rosie” McFather, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Newport News, VA

Rosemarie “Rosie” E. McFather, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is a certified family nurse practitioner in Newport News.

Rosie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pre-Med from Longwood University in Farmville, then completed a Professional Nursing – RN Program at Riverside School of Health Careers in Newport News. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following her undergraduate studies, Rosie received her Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Growing up with a professional firefighter/EMT as a father, Rosie joined the medical field to follow in his footsteps. As she grew older, she began caring for ill family members suffering from chronic diseases. From there, her love for medicine continued to grow.

Prior to joining TPMG, Rosie gained extensive experience as a registered nurse at a Hampton Roads area hospital. She joined TPMG Gastroenterology excited at the opportunity to grow professionally in a new role in the medical field. As a family nurse practitioner, Rosie utilizes her compassionate nursing approach to effectively communicate with patients to treat and diagnose health conditions. She views health as a team effort, working alongside patients to reach their health goals together. Rosie treats patients of all ages with acute and chronic gastrointestinal conditions. Additionally, she performs colonoscopy screenings, post-procedure follow-ups, and health checkups. Rosie has special interest in women’s health, given her keen ability to be discreet, yet remains fascinated with the gastrointestinal tract. Her goal is “to help patients get back their ‘regular’ lives, one gut at a time.”

After treating patients of all backgrounds, Rosie remains passionate about cultural competence and cultural sensitivity in health care. She is your advocate, like “Mickey Goldmill” in your corner, to ensure that patients feel cared for and heard every step of the way.

Outside of the office, Rosie loves spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs. She also enjoys painting, exercising, and trips to the beach. Rosie welcomes new patients to contact the office to reserve an appointment with her.

Bader El-Safadi, MD

Bader El-Safadi, MD

Gastroenterology Doctor in Newport News, VA

Bader El-Safadi, MD, graduated from the University of Algiers in Algiers, Algeria with a degree in medicine. Dr. El-Safadi completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He also completed fellowships in Gastroenterology at the University of Sherbrooke, and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Wellesley Hospital, University of Toronto.

Dr. El-Safadi served as the Staff Internist and Gastroenterologist in a tertiary medical center in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada until he joined TPMG Gastroenterology in Newport News in 2008. He is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.


Tidewater Medical Center at New Town

Procedure Suite – Williamsburg

Procedure Suite – Williamsburg

The Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) Procedure Suite – Williamsburg opened in 2015 to meet a continued commitment to cost-effective health care in the communities we serve. We offer a variety of services and an affordable alternative to local hospitals and surgery centers for patients.

The medical specialties currently covered in the suite are Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Pulmonology, Foot and Ankle Surgery, and Urology. The most common procedures performed are Colonoscopies, Esophagogastroduodenoscopies, Cystoscopies, Hysteroscopies, and Bronchoscopies.

The TPMG Procedure Suite provides direct and efficient outpatient surgical care in a friendly, state of the art, and fully accredited facility. Just like the TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers, the Procedure Suite offers a multitude of personalized services to patients.

Accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the Procedure Suite is required to uphold the standards mandated by AAAHC to maintain safety and satisfaction. All necessary precautions and equipment for a variety of surgical procedures are present at this facility. This accreditation serves as continued confidence in TPMG, our physicians, staff, and the services provided.

The TPMG Procedure Suite has maintained a zero-infection rate since its inception and provides compassionate and professional care. Patients frequently comment how comfortable and pleasant their experience is due to the kindness of the staff and the efficiency with which their procedure is managed. Patients can have a sense of comfort for themselves and their family members during their procedure. The Suite offers a beautiful, relaxing waiting area for family, secure and close parking, and central location in the New Town area of Williamsburg.

The entire staff of the TPMG Procedure Suite is dedicated to providing excellent care with the highest of standards.

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

TPMG Procedure Suite Accredited Physicians

Richard J. Hartle, MD – Gastroenterology
Frances J. Jones, MD, FACG – Gastroenterology
Vijay Subramaniam, MD, FCCP – Pulmonology
Geoffrey B. Kostiner, MD – Urology
Joseph R. Habibi, MD – Urology
Jeffrey D. Morrison, DO – Gynecology
Teresa X. Tan, MD – Gynecology
Laura R. Cordes, MD – Gynecology
Lisa A. Coleman, DO, FACS, FASCRS – Colorectal Surgery
Matthew A. Hopson, DPM, FACFAS – Podiatry


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Gastroenterology Specialists in Newport News, VA

Patients are cared for by appointment. If you require same-day medical attention, please call early in the day to schedule an appointment.

Please note that you will have a consultation appointment with one of our physicians prior to any procedures being scheduled. Procedures are not performed during the first visit with the physician. Once you have been seen for your consultation, your procedure will be scheduled within 30 days.

Please bring your insurance card(s), photo ID, and a complete list of medications, specialist co-pay (if it applies) to your visit. All co-payments are due at the time of service.

If your insurance requires a specialist referral, please contact your primary care physician at least 3 days prior to your scheduled appointment.  ​All new patient appointments are by physician referral only, and require last office visit notes, labs, and prior procedure notes and pathology. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your bill, please call our office manager. If you have any concerns about your insurance, please contact your insurance carrier.