We found 22 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Hamden, CT.

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

Dr. Philip Ginsburg specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Hamden, CT and Guilford, CT. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ginsburg 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. 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)

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

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

Dr. Francis Chan is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Hamden, CT. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chan honors. He is accepting new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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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 36d
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Jennifer Thompson is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Hamden, CT and Milford, CT. Dr. Thompson 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. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Thompson studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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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. Anamika Reed is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Reed is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Intestine Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Howard Likier specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Woodbridge, CT and Hamden, CT. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Likier attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Dr. Likier is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He 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)

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

Dr. Sandra Escalera works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric transplant hepatologist in North Haven, CT. Dr. Escalera is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Escalera attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency 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. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Umashanker accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. For her professional training, Dr. Umashanker completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Umashanker 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)

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

Dr. Ramnath Hebbar specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hebbar is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from J.J.M. Medical College and then he performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center.

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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
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Dean Chang is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Chang include hepatitis and crohn's disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chang honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Chang completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Chang speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chang's hospital/clinic affiliations include MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. David Hass is an adult gastroenterologist. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hass attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hass honors. He 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 sees patients in New Haven, CT, Hamden, CT, and Guilford, CT. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Caldwell (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Swahili. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Caldwell's office for an appointment.

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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. Taneisha Grant's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. 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. Dr. Grant is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 works as an internist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Rippel is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Rippel completed a residency program at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rippel (or staff) speaks the following 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 General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar practices general internal medicine. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She trained at Bridgeport Hospital for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Kumar speaks Kannada. She 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: Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Bone Density Test, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue; 3rd Floor
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks Spanish, Belarusian, and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Karkanitsa graduated from Minsk State Medical Institute. Dr. Karkanitsa completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. John Aversa's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Aversa is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon problems. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Aversa's practice is open to 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, Fistula, Anal Cancer, Fecal Incontinence, Colon Problems, Da Vinci ... (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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