Victor Ciofoaia, MD| Gastroenterology | MedStar Health

Victor Ciofoaia, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (153 reviews)

Specialties: Gastroenterology

Languages: Romanian, Spanish, English


About me

Victor Ciofoaia, MD is a board-certified advanced gastroenterologist affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Before joining MedStar Health, Dr. Ciofoaia was an advanced interventional endoscopist/gastroenterologist with Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Healthcare System. He served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter School of Medicine and was also a clinical informatics physician advisor and hospitalist clinical educator at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT. 

Dr. Ciofoaia practices with a focus on advanced diagnostic tools and treatment procedures. He utilizes cutting-edge diagnostic tools, including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and advanced luminal endoscopy for the early detection and treatment of malignant and premalignant lesions. He has a special interest in endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), and laparoscopic endoscopic cooperative surgery (LECS).

His research interests include finding new and effective treatment options for pancreatitis and for the management of pancreatic lesions. During his fellowship, he focused on the study of inflammation in chronic pancreatitis, for which he received a National Pancreas Foundation grant. In 2019, the American Gastroenterological Association presented him with an Early Career Research Award. 

Dr. Ciofoaia is passionate about using information technology and clinical informatics to improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients. He participated in the first FDA-approved clinical trial exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in colonoscopy for the improvement of polyp detection and is currently involved in multiple clinical informatics projects.

Dr. Ciofoaia received his medical degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania, where he graduated with high honors. He completed his internal medicine residency at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine. He then completed his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar Washington Hospital Center/DC VA Medical Center, followed by an advanced interventional endoscopy fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, where he practiced as a consultant before returning to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

He is a member of the American Pancreatic Association (APA), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES).

Dr. Ciofoaia is fluent in Romanian. 

Philosophy of Care

“Every patient is a unique individual and, for this reason, I put a lot of thought into each patient’s presentation. I take into account their risk factors and their goals for treatment before I present them with a diagnosis and treatment options.

“It is very important for patients to have a clear understanding of the role of each treatment intervention. An important part of my practice is investing the time in each patient’s care to explain my treatment recommendations in detail. I feel honored when my patients express that I fully understand their concerns and that we both agree on a treatment plan.

“I consider myself not just a physician, but also a scientist. I try to improve the scientific foundation of the care that is provided to each of my patients and therefore make a positive impact in their lives. 

“When it comes to providing the best care possible, a collaborative effort between physicians is fundamental. When a patient is referred to me for an advanced procedure, I always try to communicate and collaborate regularly with their referring physicians and consultants from other specialties, such as oncology, surgery, or radiology.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abnormal Bowel Movement
  • Abnormal Stool
  • Anal Fissure
  • Bleeding Hemorrhoids
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Colonoscopy
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Postprandial Diarrhea
  • Rectal Pain
  • Stomach Pain
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Cancer
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Mass
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Amylase Blood Test
  • Abnormal Bowel Movement
  • Abnormal Liver Function Blood Test
  • Abnormal Stool
  • Achalasia
  • Acute Blood Loss Anemia
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Allergic Esophagitis
  • Altered Bowel Habits
  • Ampullary Adenoma
  • Ampullary Mass
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Angiodysplasia Of Intestine (WITHOUT MENTION OF HEMORRHAGE)
  • Annular Pancreas
  • Anorexia
  • Appendiceal Cancer
  • Atrophic Gastritis Without Mention Of Hemorrhage
  • Autoimmune Enteropathy
  • Autoimmune Gastritis
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Colon
  • Benign Pancreatic Tumor
  • Bile Duct Mass
  • Bile Duct Occlusion
  • Bile Duct Stone
  • Bile Duct Stricture
  • Biliary Calculus
  • Biliary Colic
  • Biliary Duct Fistula
  • Biliary Dyskinesia
  • Biliary Leak
  • Biliary Stricture
  • Biliary Tract Disease
  • Biliary Tract Malformation
  • Biliary Trauma
  • Bleeding Hemorrhoids
  • Blood In Stool
  • Bowel Dysmotility
  • Bright Red Blood Per Rectum
  • Candidiasis
  • Carcinoid Of Stomach
  • Carcinoid Tumor
  • Carcinoid Tumor Of Pancreas
  • Celiac Disease
  • Choking Sensation
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Cholangitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cholestasis
  • Chronic Abdominal Pain
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Colitis
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colon Stricture
  • Colonic Cryptitis
  • Colonic Inertia
  • Colonic Mass
  • Colonic Polyps
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colorectal Malignancy
  • Common Bile Duct Stone
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Cystadenoma Of Pancreas
  • Cystic Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Dilated Bile Duct
  • Dilated Pancreatic Duct
  • Disorder Of Biliary Tract
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Drug Induced Liver Injury
  • Duodenal Mass
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Early Satiety
  • Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase Level
  • Elevated Ammonia
  • Elevated Lipase
  • Eosinophilic Colitis
  • Eosinophilic Enteritis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic Gastritis
  • Epigastric Pain
  • Eructation
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Duplication Cyst
  • Esophageal Hypersensitivity
  • Esophageal Inlet Patch
  • Esophageal Mass
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Esophageal Obstruction
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Ring
  • Esophageal Spasm
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophageal Thickening
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Family History Of Colon Cancer
  • Family History Of Colon Polyps
  • Fatty Liver
  • Fecal Impaction
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Flatulence
  • Focal Nodular Hyperplasia
  • Foreign Body (COLON-INTESTINE)
  • Foreign Body (DIGESTIVE SYSTEM)
  • Foreign Body (ESOPHAGUS)
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallbladder Polyp
  • Gastric Anomaly
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrin Secreting Tumor Of Pancreas
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Stromal Tumors
  • Gastrointestinal Amyloid
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Submucosal Tumors
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Giardiasis
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Hematemesis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhage Of Gastrointestinal Tract, Unspecified
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hemorrhoids With Complications
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatobiliary Malignancies
  • Hepatobiliary Mass
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Hereditary Colon Cancer
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Idiopathic Megacolon
  • Idiopathic Pancreatic Cysts
  • Ileitis
  • Ileus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Volvulus
  • Intractable Vomiting
  • Intussusception
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ischemic Bowel
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Jaundice
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Left Upper Quadrant Pain
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Abscess
  • Liver Disease
  • Liver Mass
  • Liver Metastases
  • Lymphocytic Colitis
  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Malabsorption
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of Colon
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of Rectum
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of The Esophagus
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of The Stomach
  • Malignant Gallbladder Polyp
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Intrahepatic Bile Ducts
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Pancreatic Duct
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Stomach
  • Malignant Rectal Neoplasm
  • Malignant Tumor Of Extrahepatic Bile Duct
  • Mechanical Complication Of Gastrostomy
  • Megacolon
  • Melanoma Pancreatic Cancer Syndrome
  • Melena
  • Metastatic Colon Cancer
  • Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Motility Disorders
  • Nausea
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor Of The Extrahepatic Bile Ducts
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor Of The Gallbladder
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor Of The Pancreas
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor Of The Stomach
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
  • Obstipation
  • Obstructive Jaundice
  • Odynophagia
  • Ogilvie Syndrome
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreas Divisum
  • Pancreas Head Cancer
  • Pancreas Tail Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasm
  • Pancreatic Duct Leak
  • Pancreatic Duct Stones
  • Pancreatic Duct Stricture
  • Pancreatic Fistula
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Pancreatic Lesions
  • Pancreatic Mass
  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst
  • Pancreatic Trauma
  • Pancreaticobiliary Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Perforation Of Bile Duct
  • Peritonitis
  • Pernicious Anemia
  • Personal History Of Colonic Polyps
  • Peutz Jeghers Syndrome
  • Polyposis Syndrome
  • Polyps
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy
  • Positive Hemoccult Fecal Occult Blood Test
  • Post Hemorrhagic Anemia
  • Postprandial Diarrhea
  • Pregnancy With Ibd
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Proctitis
  • Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC)
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Rectal Fistula
  • Rectal Hemorrhage
  • Rectal Pain
  • Rectal Polyp
  • Recurrent Colorectal Cancer
  • Regional Enteritis Of Large Intestine
  • Right Lower Quadrant Pain
  • Right Upper Quadrant Pain
  • Secondary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Bowel Disease
  • Small Bowel Stricture
  • Small Bowel Ulcer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Small Intestine Disease
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of The Esophagus
  • Steatorrhea
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Stomach Disorders
  • Stomach Fistula
  • Stomach Masses
  • Stomach Pain
  • Stomach Polyps
  • Swallowing Problem
  • Toxic Liver Injury
  • Ulceration Of Intestine
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ulcerative Proctitis
  • Vomiting
  • Walled-Off Pancreatic Necrosis
  • Whipple's Disease
  • Wilson's Disease
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Procedures I perform

  • Anastomosis Of Bile Duct
  • Anastomosis Of Pancreatic Duct
  • Bile Duct Biopsy
  • Bile Duct Repair
  • Bravo PH Test
  • Change Of Gastrotomy Tube
  • Cholangioscopy
  • Closure Of Biliary Fistula
  • Colon Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Duct Drainage Procedures
  • Early Detection Of Cancer
  • Endoscopic Dilation Of Ampulla And Biliary Duct
  • Endoscopic Endoluminal Fundoplication
  • Endoscopic Hemostasis
  • Endoscopic Insertion Of Nasobiliary Drainage Tube
  • Endoscopic Insertion Of Stent Into Bile Duct
  • Endoscopic Management Of Bile Duct Stones
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection Of Esophagus
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection Of Large Colon Polyps
  • Endoscopic Removal Of Stent From Bile Duct
  • Endoscopic Removal Of Stone From Biliary Tract
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Stent
  • Esophageal Variceal Band Ligation
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) With Botox Injection
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) With Dilation
  • Feeding Tube Management
  • Feeding Tube Removal
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Screening
  • Gastroscopy
  • Gastrostomy
  • Gastrostomy Tube Removal
  • Gi Stent Placement
  • Gi Stricture Dilation
  • Gj Tube Evaluation
  • High Resolution Anoscopy
  • Ileoscopy
  • Internal Drainage Of Pancreatic Cyst
  • Miniprobe Ultrasound
  • Needle Biopsy Of Pancreas
  • Pancreas Function Test
  • Pancreatic Cancer Genomics
  • Pancreatic Debridement
  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst Drainage
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Pancreatoscopy
  • Peg Tube Evaluation
  • Proctosigmoidoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Single Balloon Enteroscopy
  • Small Bowel Biopsy
  • Small Bowel Camera Endoscopy
  • Ultrasound
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Practice locations

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106 Irving St NW
Suite S 205
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-3062

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    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
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    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Fellowship Program: Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville (2019)

Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown Univ Hosp/Washington Hosp Ctr (2018)

Residency Program: Norwalk Hospital (2012)

Residency Program: Saint Pantelimon University Hospital (2009)

Medical School: Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy (2004)

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  • Dec 15, 2023

    The primary care was done by my doctor.

  • Dec 8, 2023

    I gladly recommend him because he is very professional, friendly and speaks my language

  • Nov 9, 2023

    Keep you informed of what happening during my visit