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

Dr. Thomas Loughney's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: flexible sigmoidoscopy, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Loughney is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Loughney attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. 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.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Washington, DC. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and esophagus problems. Dr. Benjamin is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Benjamin attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington".

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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 is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Palese attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. These areas are among her clinical interests: swallowing problems (dysphagia) and acid reflux (GERD). She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Palese honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Palese (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Palese's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Shervin Shafa's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shafa is conversant in Spanish. In Dr. Shafa's practice, Dr. Shafa is particularly interested in colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shafa is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shafa studied medicine at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Shafa trained at George Washington University Medical Center for Dr. Shafa's residency. Patients gave Dr. Shafa an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shafa is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shafa's practice is open to 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Carroll is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carroll include acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Carroll's training includes a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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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.