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We found 108 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity near Boston, MA.

Dr. William Robert Brugge, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Fruit Street; Gastroenterology Associates Blk 4
Boston, MA
 

Dr. William Brugge is a gastroenterologist. He has a special interest in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brugge accepts. He welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Brugge has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology.; Fellow, American Society of GI Endoscopy; and Fellow, American Gastroenterology Association. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Tumor, Pancreatic Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Biliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Neuroendocrine Tumors, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Fruit Street - Blake 4
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Brenna Casey is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Casey is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She has an open panel. Dr. Casey studied medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She has received the distinction of Fellow American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Therapeutic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Richter is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Richter include gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Richter obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American College Of Physicians; Fellow, American College Of Gastroenterology; and Associate Professor Of Medicine, Harvard Med Sch. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Richter is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Polyps, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Christopher James Moran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Christopher Moran practices pediatric gastroenterology in Boston, MA. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Moran accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Moran attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Moran's distinctions include: MGHfC Fellow Teaching Award; Newton Wellesley Hospital Howard King Resident Award for Compassion; and North Shore Medical Center Pediatric Resident Leadership Award. His professional affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Immunodeficiency, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
50 Blossom Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Chung is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass colon cancer and colorectal cancer screening. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chung graduated from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chung trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Chung is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Neuroendocrine Tumors, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Harland Steven Winter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 Cambridge Street, Suite 560; Yaw 6b
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Harland Winter is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. His areas of expertise include the following: immunodeficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Winter is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Winter attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; President North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; and Humanitarian Of The Year Award, CCFA. Dr. Winter (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telephone Interpretation, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Esther Israel works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Israel include inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and failure to thrive. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Israel has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Clinical Investigator Award; National Institutes; and Of Health. In addition to English, Dr. Israel (or staff) speaks Hebrew, French, and Yiddish. Dr. Israel is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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Dr. Jess Levins Kaplan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 Cambridge Street; 5th Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Jess Kaplan is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kaplan is especially interested in crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Kaplan obtained his medical school training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kaplan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
165 Cambridge Street; 9th Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Ashwin Ananthakrishnan is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. After attending Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. His clinical interests encompass crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Ananthakrishnan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Ananthakrishnan (or staff) speaks Tamil and Hindi-Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ananthakrishnan has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 Cambridge Street; Cpz 55
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Timothy Buie practices pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). Dr. Buie honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Buie has received include Humanitarianism in Med Award, U of MO. K.C.; The George Brown Longstreth Award for Humanness; and Fellow Teaching Award, Dept. of Pediatrics, Yale New Haven Hospital. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Buie is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Gary Russell is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Russell (or staff) speaks Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese. He is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and medical education. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Russell accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Russell include: Best Doctor's in America, 2005-2009. and CCFA Humanitarian of the Year. Dr. Russell has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Medical Education, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Fruit Street, Blake 4; Massachusetts General Hospital, Gi Unit
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Esperance Schaefer is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Schaefer include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), viral hepatitis, and upper endoscopy. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For her residency, Dr. Schaefer trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schaefer is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Upper Endoscopy, Abnormal Liver Function Tests, Gastrointestinal Problems, Viral ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 Cambridge Street; 5th Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Aeri Moon practices pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Moon include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moon attended The Catholic University of Korea, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. In addition to English, she speaks Korean. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Moon is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Fruit Street; Gastroenterology Associates Blk 4
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Norman Nishioka works as a gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nishioka include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Nishioka is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Nishioka is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diagnostic Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Esophageal Cancer, Barrett's Esophagus, Therapeutic Endoscopy

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Specializes in Bariatric Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology
50 Staniford Street; 4th Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Lee Kaplan is a physician who specializes in bariatric medicine and adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kaplan include hepatitis. Dr. Kaplan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kaplan include: Founding Director, Mass General Hosp Weight Center; Krancer Research Scholar, Amer Gastroenter Assoc; and Pettis Memorial Award, Amer Med Assoc. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Tumor, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Obesity, Endocrine Diseases

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
55 Fruit Street Blk 4
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Raymond Chung specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology and practices in Boston, MA. He attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is especially interested in liver cancer, hepatitis B, and liver transplant. Dr. Chung is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Housestaff Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital; NIH Clinical Investigator Award; and Harvard Medical School Teaching Award. Dr. Chung speaks French. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B

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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.