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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 physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brugge attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency. 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. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Brugge's practice is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She is especially interested in therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Casey is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Fellow American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Casey 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: 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 an adult gastroenterologist in Boston, MA. Dr. Richter's clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Richter include: 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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Moran takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received distinctions including MGHfC Fellow Teaching Award; Newton Wellesley Hospital Howard King Resident Award for Compassion; and North Shore Medical Center Pediatric Resident Leadership Award. Dr. Moran's hospital/clinic affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

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

Dr. Harland Winter's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Winter (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telephone Interpretation, Arabic, and Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in immunodeficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Winter trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Winter include: Boston Super Doctors; President North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; and Humanitarian Of The Year Award, CCFA. 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 Adult Gastroenterology
50 Blossom Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Chung is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chung attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colon cancer and colorectal cancer screening. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Chung offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Chung has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Esther Israel is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Israel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, French, and Yiddish. Her areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and failure to thrive. Dr. Israel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Israel accepts. She has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Clinical Investigator Award; National Institutes; and Of Health. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Liver Transplant, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Failure to Thrive, Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Timothy Buie is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Buie has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Buie trained at Bridgeport Hospital for his residency. Awards and/or distinctions he 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. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and medical education. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Russell takes. His education and training includes medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He has received distinctions including Best Doctor's in America, 2005-2009. and CCFA Humanitarian of the Year. Dr. Russell (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Jess Kaplan is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Forestdale, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. Kaplan's clinical interests encompass crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Kaplan (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. Dr. Kaplan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ananthakrishnan's clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Ananthakrishnan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Hindi-Urdu.

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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; 5th Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Aeri Moon works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Boston, MA and Braintree, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moon include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from The Catholic University of Korea, School of Medicine. Dr. Moon's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She speaks Korean. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She 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, Adult Transplant Hepatology
55 Fruit Street Blk 4
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Raymond Chung sees patients in Boston, MA. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chung has a special interest in liver cancer, hepatitis B, and liver transplant. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Chung performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chung include: Housestaff Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital; NIH Clinical Investigator Award; and Harvard Medical School Teaching Award. He is conversant in French.

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

Dr. Esperance Schaefer's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schaefer include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), viral hepatitis, and upper endoscopy (EGD). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Before completing her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Schaefer attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schaefer is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Norman Nishioka is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nishioka is especially interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for his residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nishioka honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in bariatric medicine and adult gastroenterology and practices in Boston, MA and Charlestown, MA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kaplan is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Kaplan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Founding Director, Mass General Hosp Weight Center; Krancer Research Scholar, Amer Gastroenter Assoc; and Pettis Memorial Award, Amer Med Assoc. His practice is open to new patients.

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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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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.