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Dr. William Robert Brugge, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Fruit Street; Blake Building
Boston, MA
 

Dr. William Brugge's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. Dr. Brugge honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has received distinctions including Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology.; Fellow, American Society of GI Endoscopy; and Fellow, American Gastroenterology Association. In addition to English, Dr. Brugge speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes 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
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Brenna Casey specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Boston, MA. She 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. Dr. Casey's areas of expertise include the following: therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She has received the distinction of Fellow American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Casey is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. 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
Blake 4
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Richter's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Richter graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for his residency. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Richter has received 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. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Richter 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. John Leung, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Allergy & Immunology
800 Washington Street; Box 1013
Boston, MA
 

Dr. John Leung is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult allergy & immunology. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Dr. Leung's areas of expertise include immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and drug allergy. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Leung has received distinctions including FIT Travel Scholarship for the 2013 AAAAI Annual Meeting; FIT Travel Scholarship for the 2012 AAAAI Annual Meeting; and Digestive Diseases Week Poster of Distinction. He is conversant in Cantonese. Dr. Leung is affiliated with Tufts Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Celiac Disease, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Allergies, Hives, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Hechavarria Hechavarria, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue; Hunnewell, Ground, Floor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology .
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Yen is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. Dr. Yen's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Boston Children's Hospital. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has an open panel. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Yen's residency was performed at Seattle Children's Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Frederick W Ruymann, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
300 Mount Auburn Street; #405
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Frederick Ruymann works as a gastroenterologist in Cambridge, MA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Ruymann is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Ruymann is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Ruymann has received include Alpha Omega Alpha; Peer Recognition Award; and Board Of Fellows, Gettysburg College.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Biliary Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy, Pancreas Problems, Therapeutic ... (Read more)

Dr. John Michael Kauffman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
291 Independence Drive
West Roxbury, MA
 

Dr. John Kauffman is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Kauffman is especially interested in endoscopy. He is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Emerson Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kauffman is open to new patients. He graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. His distinctions include: Sarnoff Scholar Award; Gidh Basic Research Award; and Aasld Schering Research Award. Dr. Kauffman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Preventive Care, Hepatitis B, Colorectal Cancer, Endoscopy

Dr. Athos Bousvaros, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Athos Bousvaros works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Boston, MA and Lexington, MA. Dr. Bousvaros (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Greek, and Russian. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Bousvaros's clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Bousvaros is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, Medicaid, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boston Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa; and Sigma XI. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Munir N Mobassaleh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Munir Mobassaleh is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease. Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mobassaleh takes. Dr. Mobassaleh has received professional recognition including the following: First Independent Research Support and Transition; Award. National Institutes of Health. 1988-95.; and Certified By American Board of Pediatrics In. Dr. Mobassaleh (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Steven J Shields, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
133 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Steven Shields specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shields has a special interest in endoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Dr. Shields is an in-network provider for Most Insurance Plans, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. His distinctions include: Chief of Gastroenterology, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical; and School. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Heartburn, Upper Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Polyps, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Brian Snapper, MD, PhD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Scott Snapper works as a gastroenterologist in Boston, MA. He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Snapper include immunodeficiency, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Snapper is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Snapper has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Summa Cum Laude; and Howard Huges Physician Postdoctoral Award. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Children's Hospital Boston. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Immunodeficiency, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon Arvid Vanderhoof, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 5th Floor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Jon Vanderhoof is a medical specialist in allergy and pediatric gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Vanderhoof trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Allergies

Dr. Yvona M Trnka, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
133 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Yvona Trnka is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. She is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and endoscopy. Dr. Trnka is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). She studied medicine at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. She trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Trnka is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid. Her distinctions include: Hchp Diamond Award and Peer Recognition Award. Dr. Trnka has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Liver Transplant, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gale S Fiarman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Gale Fiarman is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Fiarman completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her clinical interests include cirrhosis and endoscopy. She accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care insurance. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Fiarman has received include Boston Best Doctor- Gastroenterology; Best Doctors in America- Gastroenterology; and Boston Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Fiarman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Fiarman is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Emerson Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Colorectal Problems, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Endoscopy

Dr. James C Chou, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
133 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Chou is a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Chou include endoscopy, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Chou is an in-network provider for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at Winthrop University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Chou (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Dr. Chou is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Hepatitis B, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

Dr. Charles T Buzanis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
133 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Charles Buzanis is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In Dr. Buzanis's practice, Dr. Buzanis is particularly interested in peptic ulcer, endoscopy, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Buzanis honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Buzanis graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then Dr. Buzanis performed Dr. Buzanis's residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Buzanis offers interpreting services for Dr. Buzanis's patients. Dr. Buzanis is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Dr. Buzanis is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, HIV/AIDS, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Peptic Ulcer

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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.