We found 13 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 practices adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. In Dr. Mehal's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Griffin Hospital, and Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine at Oxford University Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Mehal accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease

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

Dr. Alan Nelson is a physician who specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). Patients rated Dr. Nelson highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Nelson is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting 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)

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

Dr. Dinesh Pashankar's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine); he sees patients in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Pashankar is a graduate of B.J. Medical College, Pune. His medical residency was performed at Sassoon General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Pashankar (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes 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

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

Dr. Anthony Porto's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Porto takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and a graduate of Montefiore Medical Center's residency program. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Nicholas Lillo's area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). He accepts Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, MultiPlan, and more. Dr. Lillo graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He trained at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lillo is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Colonoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Otolaryngology
4675 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Edward Lane's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lane accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lane's residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. 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 is a general surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Detterbeck's hospital/clinic affiliations include Yale New Haven Health System and Bristol Hospital. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Detterbeck's medical residency was performed at Virginia Mason Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Detterbeck (or staff) speaks German and French.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

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

Dr. Robert Folman's specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. He practices in Trumboll, CT, Trumbull, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Folman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Folman attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Folman is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Andrew Duffy is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in New Haven, CT and Fairfield, CT. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Duffy attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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: , diverticular disease, achalasia, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, gastroparesis

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

Specializes in Obstetrics, Urogynecology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bercik is an obstetrician and urogynecologist in New Haven, CT and Bridgeport, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bercik is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center's residency program. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Bercik is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence

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

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

Dr. Sajid Khan's areas of specialization are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in New Haven, CT, Trumbull, CT, and Bridgeport, CT. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Khan is accepting new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. David Stitelman is a pediatric surgery and general surgery specialist. For his residency, Dr. Stitelman trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stitelman accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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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)

Specializes in Pathology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Liming Hao is a pathology specialist in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. She attended medical school at Peking University Health Science Center. She trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. In her practice, Dr. Hao focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hao accepts. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. Dr. Hao is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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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.

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