We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Community Care Network near Bridgeport, CT.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Wajahat Mehal works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in New Haven, CT, Bridgeport, CT, and Trumbull, CT. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. He is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Griffin Hospital, and Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Mehal attended medical school at Oxford University Medical School. Dr. Mehal is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
5520 Park Avenue; Suite Mg-600
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Dinesh Pashankar is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He graduated from B.J. Medical College, Pune. For his residency, Dr. Pashankar trained at Sassoon General Hospital. Dr. Pashankar is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Pashankar (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, encopresis, constipation, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Counseling, Crohn's Disease, Encopresis, Constipation, Acid Reflux

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
4641 Main Street; Suite 1
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Alan Nelson is a gastroenterologist. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Nelson is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Nelson honors Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Nelson welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, colon cancer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Anthony Porto's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Porto is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center for his residency. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Porto welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Pain, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Abdominal Problems

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Ramnath Hebbar is an adult gastroenterologist in Hamden, CT, Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT. He graduated from J.J.M. Medical College. He trained at MetroHealth Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Hebbar is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hebbar is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Gastroenterology
4641 Main Street; Suite 1
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nicholas Lillo's area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Lillo takes Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, and MultiPlan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lillo has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Colonoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
4675 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Edward Lane works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lane is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Lane is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Lane (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Tinnitus, Tumor, Hearing Evaluation, Dizziness, Allergies, Nose Reconstruction, Balance Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank Christopher Detterbeck, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5520 Park Avenue; Suite 1-200
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Frank Detterbeck practices general surgery and thoracic surgery in New Haven, CT and Trumbull, CT. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Detterbeck takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Detterbeck (or staff) speaks German and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System and Bristol Hospital. Dr. Detterbeck welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Lung Cancer Surgery, Bronchoscopy, Thymectomy, Hiatal Hernia, Sarcoma, Esophagectomy, Myasthenia ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
111 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Robert Folman's medical specialty is adult oncology and medical oncology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Folman has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, stomach cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Colorectal Problems, Lung Cancer, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Sajid Khan is a medical specialist in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Liver Tumor, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Obstetrics, Urogynecology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bercik is a medical specialist in obstetrics and urogynecology. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he completed his residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Bercik is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence

All Interests: Cystocele, Urinary Tract Obstruction, Urinary Incontinence, Vaginal Prolapse, Fecal Incontinence, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2000 Post Road; Suite 101
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Andrew Duffy works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Duffy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Duffy trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Duffy is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, achalasia, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, gastroparesis

All Interests: Achalasia, Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
5520 Park Avenue; Suite Mg-600
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. David Stitelman's specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Stitelman's residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Endocrine Cancer, Minimally ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pathology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Liming Hao is a pathologist. She speaks Chinese. In her practice, Dr. Hao focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Hao is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She studied medicine at Peking University Health Science Center. Dr. Hao's training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.