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We found 111 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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. Dr. Brugge is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Brugge attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Brugge takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. His distinctions include: Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology.; Fellow, American Society of GI Endoscopy; and Fellow, American Gastroenterology Association. Dr. Brugge has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests encompass therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Casey is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Casey has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. She has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Boston, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Richter include gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and cancer. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Richter is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Richter 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.

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Moran include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Moran is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Moran attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include MGHfC Fellow Teaching Award; Newton Wellesley Hospital Howard King Resident Award for Compassion; and North Shore Medical Center Pediatric Resident Leadership Award.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of colon cancer and colorectal cancer screening. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chung graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. 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. 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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. His areas of expertise include the following: immunodeficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Winter is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. 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 the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Winter is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He welcomes new patients.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Israel completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and failure to thrive. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Clinical Investigator Award; National Institutes; and Of Health. Dr. Israel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, French, and Yiddish. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Israel's practice is open to 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. He works in Forestdale, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. Kaplan obtained his medical school training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaplan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Kaplan's practice is open to new patients.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Ananthakrishnan focuses on crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Ananthakrishnan (or staff) is conversant in Tamil and Hindi-Urdu. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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 in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Newton, MA. He offers interpreting services for his patients. In his practice, Dr. Buie focuses on autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Buie obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bridgeport Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Buie 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 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 is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Russell's clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and medical education. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Russell trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. Dr. Russell has received distinctions including Best Doctor's in America, 2005-2009. and CCFA Humanitarian of the Year. Dr. Russell (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. These areas are among Dr. Schaefer's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and viral hepatitis. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Aeri Moon works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. In Dr. Moon's practice, she is particularly interested in celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She 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. Dr. Moon is conversant in Korean.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Nishioka attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Nishioka honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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's specialties are bariatric medicine and adult gastroenterology. He practices in Boston, MA and Charlestown, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kaplan include hepatitis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaplan attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Founding Director, Mass General Hosp Weight Center; Krancer Research Scholar, Amer Gastroenter Assoc; and Pettis Memorial Award, Amer Med Assoc. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kaplan 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

Dr. Qian Yuan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Qian Yuan's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. These areas are among Dr. Yuan's clinical interests: pancreas problems, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He attended Peking University Health Science Center and Beijing Second Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Yuan speaks Chinese. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, acid reflux (GERD)

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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.