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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 medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chang honors. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Chang attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Chang speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ginsburg honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Ginsburg 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)

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

Dr. Cary Caldwell, who practices in New Haven, CT, Hamden, CT, and Guilford, CT, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Caldwell (or staff) speaks Spanish and Swahili. Dr. Caldwell is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Umashanker attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Umashanker is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Umashanker takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hass's education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Sandra Escalera is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric transplant hepatologist in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Escalera is 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Escalera is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her practice 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
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Francis Chan practices adult gastroenterology in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Chan takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is 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, 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at J.J.M. Medical College and performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Hebbar is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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)

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

Dr. Jennifer Thompson is a gastroenterologist. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Thompson attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, Dr. Grant completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Grant is open to 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)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Howard Likier is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Likier's training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Likier accepts. He has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. Edward Rippel specializes in general internal medicine and practices in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. Dr. Rippel is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of Morristown Memorial Hospital's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Rippel is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Rippel (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting 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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in North Haven, CT, New Haven, CT, and Hamden, CT. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Katz takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is open to new patients. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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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 is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Fynan's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Fynan's medical residency was performed 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)

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

Dr. John Aversa is a colon and rectal surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Aversa average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon problems. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Aversa performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. In addition to English, she speaks Kannada. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kumar trained at Bridgeport Hospital for her residency. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kumar's office for an appointment.

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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.