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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger recently announced that Amitpal S. Johal, M.D., will serve as the chair of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition weight management for the health system.
Dr. Johal brings more than 17 years of experience to the position. He began his career at Geisinger in 2006 as a gastroenterology fellow and has had progressive leadership roles during the course of his career.
“Dr. Johal is a wonderful leader who brings experience and a great deal of clinical and operational knowledge of gastroenterology services across the system,” said Kenric Maynor, M.D., chair of Geisinger’s Medicine Institute. “We look forward to growing our clinical services under his leadership.”
As the new chair of gastroenterology, Dr. Johal will work collaboratively with clinical and operational leaders across the health system to provide exceptional patient care, promote education and research and train the next generation of physicians.
“I look forward to continuing to grow the department and offering the best care to our communities,” Dr. Johal said. “We want to give patients the care they need, closer to home, with expert physicians and state-of-the-art equipment.”
Dr. Johal earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his internal medicine residency training at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University.  

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.


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