At Gastroenterology Associates, your health is our priority.  We are committed to the highest safety standards for our patients, staff, and community.

COVID-19 Update: Our Endoscopy Center and Clinic are open for business. We are taking extra precautions for the safety of our patients, staff, and community.  We are continuing to adhere to our strict infectious disease prevention protocols and following CDC guidelines. We are closely monitoring all updates in relation to the identification and management of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Our team members are taking extra steps to keep you safe from COVID-19 while you are here.

  • Screenings: All patients and team members receive a temperature screening prior to entering the endoscopy center or clinic.
  • Clean facilities: We are disinfecting public areas and removing all materials from our waiting areas that cannot be disinfected.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE): All team members are required to wear appropriate PPE, such as masks and gloves.
  • Masks for patients: All patients are asked to wear a mask or facial cloth over their face while in the endoscopy center or clinic to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Visitors: If you bring someone with you for your appointment we ask that they wait in the car.
  • Social Distancing: Appointments will be managed to allow social distancing between patients. This may mean fewer time options for scheduling your appointment or procedure.

About Gastroenterology Associates

Hickory Office Building
Main Lobby
Office Entrance
Hickory Reception Area
Front Office - Reception Room
Nurses Desk
Preprocedure Room
Endo Common Area
Recovery Room
Endoscope Cleaner
Clinic Nurses Station
Exam Room

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Gastroenterology Associates, P.A. was founded in 1996 by Dr. Caroll Koscheski and Dr. John Meier. Over the years, the practice has grown from two doctors with three employees to an eight physician group with over 70 full and part-time employees. As our practice continues to grow, we are committed to providing our patients with quality resources, expertise and advanced techniques within our specialty.  

All of our physicians are board-certified in gastroenterology. Our physicians are fellowship-trained experts in endoscopy, the examination of the intestines with a “scope” or “light.” Through rigorous training, our physicians have achieved a high level of skill with these procedures. Our practice has safely performed over one hundred thousand examinations. It makes a difference.

All of our physicians are affiliated with Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. Our group also provides 24-hour, 7-day-a-week coverage as consultants in gastroenterology for in-patients.

Our state-of-the-art endoscopy facility in our Hickory office has been recognized for outstanding quality measures by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). It is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). We are licensed by Medicare and the State of North Carolina. Patients appreciate the comfortable atmosphere, our friendly staff, and the significant cost savings associated with procedures performed at our in-office facility.

We serve patients in a large multi-county, 50-mile wide region, including the cities of Hickory, Conover, Newton, Maiden, Claremont, Catawba, Mountain View, Hildebran, Granite Falls, Hudson, Lenoir, Bethlehem, Taylorsville, Valdese, Morganton, Blowing Rock, Boone, North Wilkesboro, Statesville, Stony Point, Lincolnton, Vale, Denver, Dallas, Stanley, Cherryville, Gastonia and Shelby.

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Careers at Gastroenterology Associates, P.A.

Thank you for your interest in Gastroenterology Associates, P.A. We offer opportunities for you to develop an exciting and rewarding career with us in health care. We are committed to providing high quality patient care in a comfortable, compassionate environment with skilled and dedicated employees.

Current Job Openings


RN and Endoscopy Medical Assistant 

Now accepting RN, CNA, and Surgical Tech applications for PRN positions for our office-based Endoscopy unit in Hickory. Endoscopy experience preferred but will train team-oriented, motivated individuals. Please send resume to Human Resources Manager at


If you are healthy and have no symptoms, call 828-624-1358 to schedule a screening colonoscopy. A registered nurse will take your medical history over the phone and schedule your appointment. If you are having symptoms, you need a referral from your Primary Care Physician.

Our Office in Hickory, NC

Gastroenterology Associates, P.A.
415 North Center Street, Suite 300
Hickory, NC 28601

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Contact Us

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

(828) 328-3300
(828) 328-9101

Our on-call physician can be reached through the Frye Regional Medical Center at (828) 315-5000 (established patients only)

For appointments and questions:
Call:   (828) 328-3300