We found 21 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Hamden, CT.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2220 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Dean Chang's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chang is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Chang average 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chang honors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, small intestine disorders, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Small Intestine Disorders, Colon Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Philip Ginsburg works as a gastroenterologist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Ginsburg attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
116 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Sandra Escalera's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She practices in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Escalera is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Escalera welcomes new patients. She attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Escalera completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, constipation, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Spring Glen Medical Center Suite 100
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Renuka Umashanker's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Umashanker is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Umashanker attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. David Hass' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hass is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hass has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Small Intestine Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 185
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Cary Caldwell works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in New Haven, CT, Hamden, CT, and Guilford, CT. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Caldwell is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Caldwell trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Caldwell (or staff) speaks Spanish and Swahili.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Francis Chan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chan is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency. Dr. Chan is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Ramnath Hebbar is an adult gastroenterologist in Hamden, CT, Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT. After completing medical school at J.J.M. Medical College, he performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Hebbar is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Howard Likier is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Likier is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Likier honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Likier is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, colon cancer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, 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 Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 36d
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Jennifer Thompson's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Thompson is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thompson takes. Dr. Thompson is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Taneisha Grant is an adult gastroenterology specialist. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grant accepts. Dr. Grant is accepting new patients. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University.

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

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

Dr. Edward Glenn Rippel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Edward Rippel specializes in general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Rippel honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rippel attended New York Medical College for medical school. Dr. Rippel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Immunization, Bronchitis, Neck Pain, Hiatal Hernia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6 Devine Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Martin Katz practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Katz's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and 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 welcomes new patients. Dr. Katz attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Platelet Disorders, Tumor, Ovarian Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Lung Cancer, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. John M Aversa Jr., DO
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 220
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. John Aversa is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Ansonia, CT, Hamden, CT, and Guilford, CT. These areas are among his clinical interests: rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Aversa average 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aversa honors. He obtained his medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Aversa's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, rectal cancer, colon cancer, anal cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anal fissures, colon problems, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence, constipation, colitis

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Anal Cancer, Fecal Incontinence, Colon Problems, Da Vinci Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2c
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Thomas Fynan is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Dr. Fynan is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer

All Interests: Platelet Disorders, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Chemotherapy, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Malgorzata Chustecka is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Chustecka an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Medical University of Warsaw for medical school, she completed her residency training at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. In addition to English, Dr. Chustecka (or staff) speaks Spanish, Polish, and Russian. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chustecka welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

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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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