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. He is affiliated with MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chang attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Chang's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to 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)

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

Dr. Philip Ginsburg sees patients in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Guilford, CT. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ginsburg honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Ginsburg is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Sandra Escalera specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Escalera graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Escalera is open to new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Cary Caldwell works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Caldwell has an open panel. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Caldwell (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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)

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

Dr. Renuka Umashanker specializes in adult gastroenterology. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Umashanker completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Umashanker average 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Umashanker honors. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. David Hass is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem. Dr. Hass has an open panel. Dr. Hass graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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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)

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

Dr. Francis Chan specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Chan attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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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)

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

Dr. Ramnath Hebbar specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hebbar graduated from J.J.M. Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Hebbar completed a residency program at MetroHealth Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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 Adult Gastroenterology
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Howard Likier is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Woodbridge, CT, New Haven, CT, and Hamden, CT. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Likier trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Likier is open to 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)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 36d
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Jennifer Thompson, who practices in Hamden, CT, Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Thompson is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thompson honors. Dr. Thompson welcomes new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Taneisha Grant specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Grant is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University, Dr. Grant attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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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 is a general internist in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. Dr. Rippel (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Rippel is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. On average, patients gave Dr. Rippel a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer

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

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

Dr. Martin Katz is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in North Haven, CT, New Haven, CT, and Hamden, CT. Dr. Katz accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Thomas Fynan's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fynan attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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)

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

Dr. John Aversa specializes in colon & rectal surgery and practices in Ansonia, CT, Hamden, CT, and Guilford, CT. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon problems. Dr. Aversa takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of Saint Raphael's residency program. Dr. Aversa's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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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)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar works as a general internist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kumar trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Kannada. Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Infertility, Metabolism, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Osteoporosis, ... (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.