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We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept First Health near Washington, DC.

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Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
2300 Eye Street, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Shervin Shafa specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shafa at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shafa's clinical interests include colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shafa is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shafa takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Shafa has an open panel. Before completing Dr. Shafa's residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Shafa attended medical school at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Shafa speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Thomas Loughney works as a gastroenterologist in Washington, DC. Clinical interests for Dr. Loughney include flexible sigmoidoscopy, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Loughney is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loughney honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Loughney include: Top Recommended Gastroenterologist, Washington Consumer Checkbook; Washingtonian Magazine Best Doctor, multiple years; and James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine. Dr. Loughney has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Stanley Benjamin is an adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology specialist. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Benjamin completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and esophagus problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Benjamin has received the distinction of Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington". He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Caren Palese's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Palese (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Her clinical interests include swallowing problems (dysphagia) and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Palese is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Palese's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. John Carroll works as an adult gastroenterologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In Dr. Carroll's practice, he is particularly interested in acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Carroll attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He trained at Georgetown University Hospital for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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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.