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We found 328 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Jamaica Plain, MA.

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

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

Dr. Elizabeth Yen's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Before performing her residency at Seattle Children's Hospital, Dr. Yen attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Yen's clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Yen's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Boston Children's Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Fruit Street
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)

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

Dr. Frederick Ruymann's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Ruymann average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Ruymann is an in-network provider for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ruymann include: Alpha Omega Alpha; Peer Recognition Award; and Board Of Fellows, Gettysburg College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Mount Auburn Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Chestnut Hill, MA, Burlington, MA, and West Roxbury, MA. Dr. Kauffman's clinical interests include endoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. He attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Sarnoff Scholar Award; Gidh Basic Research Award; and Aasld Schering Research Award. In addition to English, Dr. Kauffman (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Kauffman is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Emerson Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He has an open panel.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bousvaros include inflammatory bowel disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bousvaros accepts Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bousvaros attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. He trained at Duke University Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa; and Sigma XI. In addition to English, Dr. Bousvaros (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and Russian. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. His practice is open to 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Lexington, MA. His education and training includes medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Mobassaleh's areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease. He takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mobassaleh's distinctions include: 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 hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He has an open panel.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Shields focuses on endoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Most Insurance Plans, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Shields's education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chief of Gastroenterology, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical; and School. Dr. Shields's professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). He is accepting new patients.

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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 an adult gastroenterologist. In addition to English, Dr. Snapper speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in immunodeficiency, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Children's Hospital Boston. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Snapper's training includes a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Summa Cum Laude; and Howard Huges Physician Postdoctoral Award. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Snapper's office for an appointment.

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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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Boston, MA. Dr. Vanderhoof is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. He is closed to new patients at this time. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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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 an adult gastroenterologist in Boston, MA. These areas are among Dr. Trnka's clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and endoscopy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). She accepts Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Trnka's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Hchp Diamond Award and Peer Recognition Award. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fiarman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Her clinical interests include cirrhosis and endoscopy. She is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Emerson Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Dr. Fiarman's education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is in-network for Medicaid, Medicare, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care insurance. She has received distinctions including Boston Best Doctor- Gastroenterology; Best Doctors in America- Gastroenterology; and Boston Super Doctors. She is accepting 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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chou (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His clinical interests encompass endoscopy, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux (GERD). He is 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 SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Winthrop University Hospital. He is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chou's practice is open to 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, who practices in Boston, MA and Weymouth, MA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Buzanis's areas of expertise include peptic ulcer, endoscopy, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Buzanis honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. 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's professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Dr. Buzanis has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. John Leung, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Allergy & Immunology
800 Washington Street; Box 1013
Boston, MA
 

Dr. John Leung is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Leung include immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and drug allergy. Dr. Leung is affiliated with Tufts Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Leung has received include 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.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Jenifer R Lightdale, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Jenifer Lightdale's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lightdale include baby colic. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Lightdale attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Sedation, Baby Colic

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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.