About Amber Charoen, MD

Dr. Amber Charoen is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She completed medical school at Rangsit University in Thailand with First Class Honors and Valedictorian.

Her commitment to excellence continued with residency training in internal medicine at the MetroWest Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in Framingham, Massachusetts. Following this, she pursued a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She received an Exemplary Teaching award from Brown University and is the 2022 recipient of the Joseph A. DiMase Brown University Gastroenterology Research Award.

Before joining Gastro Health of Tri-Cities, Dr. Charoen served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical expertise spans GI upper endoscopy, colonoscopy screening, capsule endoscopy and Women’s digestive health. Dr. Charoen was trained in one of only few centers in US that provide training in Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine, focusing on gastroenterological issues unique to women. Dr. Charoen has contributed significantly to the field, publishing research on a diverse array of GI topics, including GI bleeding, nutrition, liver disease, pancreatitis, esophageal disease, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease and presented at national and international conferences. During her fellowship training, she also served as the associate editor of the ACG Case Reports Journal.

Dr. Charoen's patient-centered approach to care is characterized by a team-oriented, goal-directed, and compassionate ethos. She prioritizes active listening and collaborates closely with her patients to formulate personalized treatment plans.

In her spare time, Dr. Charoen enjoys spending time with her family and her dog.

Conditions & Procedures

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acid Reflux & GERD
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anemia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Biliary Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Clostridium Difficile (C.Diff)
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colon Diseases & Polyps
  • Condyloma
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastritis
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastroparesis
  • H. Pylori
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Disease
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic Disease & Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Radiation Proctitis
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Capsule Endoscopy (Pill Cam)
  • Colonoscopy (Screening & Diagnostic)
  • EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
  • Enteroscopy (Small & Large Bowel)
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • IV Therapy

Office Locations

Primary Location

Picture of the Tri-Cities Office

Tri-Cities

7114 W Hood Pl.
Kennewick, WA 99336

Phone: 509-734-4885
Fax: 509-734-2576

Education

Medical

Rangsit University

Residency

MetroWest Medical Center

Fellowship

Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School

Professional Highlights

Certifications

Board Certified, Gastroenterology

Board Certified, Internal Medicine

Awards & Recognitions

  • Certificate of First Prize for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Science Study, Chulalongkorn University
  • Awards for Excellence in Anatomy, Microbiology , Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology, College of Medicine Rangsit University
  • Excellent Medical Graduate Award, Prince Mahidol Foundation
  • Award for Academic Excellence, College of Medicine, Rangsit University
  • Humanism Award, MetroWest Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Isadore Nathan Rosenberg, M.D. Clinical Research Award, MetroWest Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Poster of Distinction, Digestive Disease Week 2020
  • Poster of Distinction, Digestive Disease Week 2021
  • Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award,, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Joseph D. DiMase Research Award, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Professional Memberships

  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), 2019
  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), 2020
  • American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS), 2020
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), 2020

Articles

Patient Care

Colon Cancer Rates on the Rise in Women Under 50

The latest American Cancer Society guidelines now recommend women aged 45 and older get screened for colon cancer. While traditionally screening for colon cancer has started at age 50, recent trends indicate a rising incidence of colon cancer in younger adults. Colon cancer is now the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in women under 50, behind breast cancer.