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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Division of Gastroenterology
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Thomas Loughney is a gastroenterologist in Washington, DC. Areas of expertise for Dr. Loughney include flexible sigmoidoscopy, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Loughney is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Loughney average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loughney takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Top Recommended Gastroenterologist, Washington Consumer Checkbook; Washingtonian Magazine Best Doctor, multiple years; and James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; M2408
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Stanley Benjamin specializes in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Washington, DC. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Benjamin include colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and esophagus problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington". Dr. Benjamin is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 2nd Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Caren Palese works as a gastroenterologist. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Palese's training includes a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: swallowing problems (dysphagia) and acid reflux (GERD). Patients rated Dr. Palese highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, Dr. Palese (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. Dr. Palese is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Main Hospital, Suite 2210
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Shervin Shafa is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shervin Shafa works in Washington, DC. Patient ratings for Dr. Shafa average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shafa's areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shafa takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shafa graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Shafa trained at George Washington University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Shafa is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Shafa is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shafa has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Main Hospital 2nd Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. John Carroll is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Carroll include endoscopy and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Carroll's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Carroll is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Endoscopy

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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