Dr. West is a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Miami in Florida, he remained at the university to complete both his internship and residency in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. West then completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Texas at the UTSA Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. West has been in private practice in Athens, Georgia, for more than 35 years and is recognized as the first gastroenterologist to become established in Northeast Georgia. Originally known as J. Michael West, M.D., P.C., the practice was renamed Gastroenterology Associates of Athens in 2011. Dr. West is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Crawford W. Long Medical Society.
In 2015, Dr. West and Gastroenterology Associates of Athens became affiliated with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates.