Dr. Richard Stewart and Dr. James Swenson

Beaufort Memorial has expanded much-needed access to gastroenterology care in Southern Beaufort County, offering appointments with two of its board-certified gastroenterologists in Bluffton.

Dr. Richard Stewart and Dr. James Swenson, both with Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group, will begin seeing patients at the hospital’s Bluffton Medical Services facility in Westbury Park this month.

Dr. Stewart has been on the Beaufort Memorial medical staff for the past 20 years. Prior to joining Lowcountry Medical Group, he was a staff physician and clinical assistant professor at his alma mater, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he had completed both his medical degree and residency.

Dr. Swenson joined Beaufort Memorial last year, coming to the Lowcountry from Johnson City, Tenn., where he was chief of gastroenterology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Prior to that, he had been in private practice for 17 years and spent 11 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy. A graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Swenson completed his internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and his residency and fellowship training at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Bluffton Medical Services is located at 11 Arley Way in Westbury Park. For more information, call 843-770-0404.