Dr. Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in New York. He joined Gastroenterology Associates of Tidewater in May 2016. He is on staff at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Chesapeake, Virginia and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

Philosophy: Dr. Rivera believes that listening to the patient and working together for the best plan of treatment is essential. He feels this is especially important if the treatment is for a chronic issue.

Medical School: Weill-Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

Internship: St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY

Residency: St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY


  • Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH (Nutrition)
  • University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, New York (Gastroenterology)
  • Strong Memorial Hospital, New York, New York (Gastroenterology)

Board Certified: Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Expertise and Advanced Training:

  • Therapeutic Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopacreatography (ERCP)
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Nutrition
  • Hemorroidal Banding

Languages: English and Spanish

Personal Interests: Traveling, outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping and skiing

Dr. Rene Rivera