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

Dr. Shervin Shafa works as a general practitioner and adult gastroenterologist in Washington, DC. Patient ratings for Dr. Shafa average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shafa include colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shafa is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shafa accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Shafa is open to new patients. After attending East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine, Dr. Shafa completed Dr. Shafa's residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Shafa speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Thomas Loughney's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for residency. Dr. Loughney's areas of expertise include the following: flexible sigmoidoscopy, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). The average patient rating for Dr. Loughney is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Loughney has received the following distinctions: Top Recommended Gastroenterologist, Washington Consumer Checkbook; Washingtonian Magazine Best Doctor, multiple years; and James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. 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's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology; he sees patients in Washington, DC. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Benjamin trained at National Naval Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Benjamin's clinical interests: colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and esophagus problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Benjamin is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington". Dr. Benjamin is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Caren Palese is an adult gastroenterologist in Washington, DC. Dr. Palese is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her clinical interests encompass swallowing problems (dysphagia) and acid reflux (GERD). She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palese accepts. Dr. Palese is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Palese (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German.

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

Dr. John Carroll specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Washington, DC. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Carroll's areas of expertise include acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Carroll's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital.

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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.
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