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We found 61 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Newton, MA.

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

Dr. Frederick Ruymann's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruymann's areas of expertise include the following: therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). He is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Mount Auburn Hospital. He honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Ruymann performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has received distinctions including 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. Athos Bousvaros, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 5th Floor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Athos Bousvaros' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. In Dr. Bousvaros's practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Bousvaros has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Bousvaros is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Blake 4
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. John Michael Kauffman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
291 Independence Drive
Chestnut Hill, MA
 

Dr. John Kauffman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kauffman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Kauffman include endoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Emerson Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Dr. Kauffman is a graduate of 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. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Sarnoff Scholar Award; Gidh Basic Research Award; and Aasld Schering Research Award. Dr. Kauffman welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

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

Dr. Munir N Mobassaleh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Munir Mobassaleh's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Mobassaleh takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include First Independent Research Support and Transition; Award. National Institutes of Health. 1988-95.; and Certified By American Board of Pediatrics In. In addition to English, Dr. Mobassaleh (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Mobassaleh is affiliated with Winchester Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jeffrey A Biller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Biller's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Biller include gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Biller takes. He has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Biller is professionally affiliated with Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Gale Fiarman practices adult gastroenterology in Cambridge, MA, Burlington, MA, and Watertown, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Fiarman include cirrhosis and endoscopy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Emerson Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid, Medicare, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Fiarman attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has received the following distinctions: 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.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

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

Dr. Harland Steven Winter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, 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

Dr. Christopher P Duggan, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Nutrition
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Christopher Duggan sees patients in Boston, MA. His medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric nutrition. His areas of clinical interest consist of malnutrition and short bowel syndrome. He is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Duggan attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include *also Specializes In Nutrition*; Graduated Cum Laude Dartmouth College; and American Society for Nutrition Physician Nutrition Specialist Award. Dr. Duggan offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Short Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Menno Verhave, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Menno Verhave practices pediatric gastroenterology in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Brockton, MA. Dr. Verhave's clinical interests include celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Good Samaritan Medical Center (Brockton, MA), Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He honors Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Verhave has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Young Investigator Award. North American Society F; and Or Pediatric Gastroenterology And Nutrition. .. In addition to English, Dr. Verhave (or staff) speaks Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Alejandro F Flores Sandoval, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Alejandro Flores-Sandoval practices pediatric gastroenterology. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease and motility disorders. He honors Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, Medicaid, and more. Dr. Flores-Sandoval graduated from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Flores-Sandoval has received the following distinctions: "Because You Care Bear Award," Western New York; Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction Foundation; and Caremark Vision Award. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Flores-Sandoval has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Motility Disorders

Dr. Victor L Fox, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Victor Fox's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Fox's medical residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. Clinical interests for Dr. Fox include esophagus problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Prudential (PruCare), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fox include: NIH Nsra 1985-1988; NIH Physician Scientist Award 1988-1991; and NASPGHAN Endoscopy Award. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Cancer, Biliary Disorders, Esophagus Problems

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, 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
2014 Washington Street
Newton, 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)

All Interests: Diagnostic Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism, Therapeutic ... (Read more)

Dr. Leonel A Rodriguez, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 5th Floor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Leonel Rodriguez works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Rodriguez has a special interest in gastrointestinal motility disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Children's Hospital of Austin for his residency. Dr. Rodriguez has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), gastrointestinal motility disorders

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Bone Problems

Dr. Brian Patrick Regan Sr., DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Brian Regan works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Regan include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Regan is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Milford Regional Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Boston. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Regan performed his residency at Winthrop University Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Psi Sigma Alpha Osteopathic Honor Society.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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.