Vanessa Costilla, MD - Gastroenterologist
Dr. Costilla

Vanessa Costilla, M.D. is a gastroenterologist at UMC Southwest Gastroenterology.

Dr. Costilla also sees patients at UMC Southwest Medical one day a week. She is fellowship trained and board-certified in gastroenterology, and her specialty interest is in providing long-term management of chronic diseases and chronic constipation. Beyond the universal language of caring, Dr. Costilla is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

Dr. Costilla received her Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine before completing an Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Costilla has a true passion for providing gastroenterological care and is excited for the opportunities it presents in caring for West Texas.

Dr. Costilla is proud to be a loyal ally in the fight to prevent colon cancer.

What do you enjoy about providing care?

I feel privileged that people let me into their lives to manage issues they wouldn't feel comfortable discussing with many others. It's incredibly rewarding to know my patients trust me to provide care.

What do you enjoy in your spare time?

I enjoy spending family time with our dog, Buster Dean. You can often find the whole family in the yard playing with him—he even joins my husband and son in playing soccer!

Why is screening for colon cancer so important?

Screening for colon cancer is the ONLY way to catch, and even prevent it. I always tell patients there are multiple options that can detect colon cancer, but only a colonoscopy can catch polyps and prevent cancer!

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