About Our Practice

The practice is limited to diseases of the digestive, liver and biliary systems.  Each of EGA's practitioners is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and proficient in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic skills, including interventional biliary endoscopy (most frequently referred to as ERCP).  EGA has offices in Belleville, Newark and Jersey City and is committed to providing quality healthcare to the residents of the communities it serves.

Practice History

Essex Gastroenterology Associates (EGA) was established in 2005 by Drs. Robert Spira and Joseph DePasquale. For more than 15 years prior to EGA's formation, both doctors practiced together and were actively engaged in the education of Residents and Fellows in which they remain active.  EGA welcomed Dr. Etan Spira in July of 2014.

Meet Our Doctors

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Robert R. Spira, MD 

Dr. Spira earned his Medical Degree from the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, where he currently serves on the alumni board. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Since starting his practice of Gastroenterology Dr. Spira has been involved in Residency training programs and is currently Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Jersey City Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at University Hospital in Newark.  He is a past President of both the Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy Societies of N.J. He has published numerous original papers on various topics in peer review journals on topics in Gastroenterology. He has been named among the tri-state area’s “Best Doctors” by New York Magazine, and featured in NJ Monthly Magazine as one of the best physicians in his specialty.

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Joseph R. DePasquale, MD 

Dr. DePasquale is a graduate of Boston College having received his Bachelor of Science n Physics, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Genoa, Italy and subsequently completed a Masters in Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) at Dartmouth College.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  Throughout his career, Dr. DePasquale has held various leadership positions in his clinical and academic affiliations and professional memberships.  He previously served as Medical Director of GI Endoscopy and the Liver Center at St. Michael's Medical Center (SMMC). He is currently the Program Director of Internal Medicine at Jersey City Medical Center.  He is past president of both The New Jersey Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and New Jersey Gastroenterology Society.  He was first recognized by Castle and Connolly Ltd., "Best Doctors" New York Metro Area in 2000, and has been recognized by his peers in NJ Monthly Magazine.  Dr. DePasquale is fluent in Italian.

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Etan Spira, MD

Dr. Etan Spira graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from New York University.  He completed his internship and residency at New York University where he subsequently spent a year as a Hospitalist Scholar.  Dr. Spira is a graduate of the Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Montefiore Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Etan Spira is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.