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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. 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
Chestnut Hill, 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; Fegan, 5th Floor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
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
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, 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. 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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Blake 4
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 P Duggan, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Nutrition
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Christopher Duggan is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric nutrition. He works in Boston, MA. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Duggan's areas of expertise consist of malnutrition and short bowel syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Duggan attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Duggan has received professional recognition including the following: *also Specializes In Nutrition*; Graduated Cum Laude Dartmouth College; and American Society for Nutrition Physician Nutrition Specialist Award. Dr. Duggan 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Verhave honors. Dr. Verhave graduated from Harvard Medical School. He trained at Children's Hospital Boston for residency. Dr. Verhave's distinctions include: 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. He is affiliated with Good Samaritan Medical Center (Brockton, MA), Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Dr. Verhave welcomes new 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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. In his practice, Dr. Flores-Sandoval focuses on inflammatory bowel disease and motility disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He is an in-network provider for Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After attending the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Flores-Sandoval completed his residency training at Children's Hospital Boston. His distinctions include: "Because You Care Bear Award," Western New York; Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction Foundation; and Caremark Vision Award. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 sees patients in Boston, MA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He has a special interest in esophagus problems. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Dr. Fox accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Prudential (PruCare), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: NIH Nsra 1985-1988; NIH Physician Scientist Award 1988-1991; and NASPGHAN Endoscopy Award. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Biller is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Biller include gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Biller attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Biller has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Biller's 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. 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist. He speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Rodriguez focuses on gastrointestinal motility disorders. Dr. Rodriguez is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Rodriguez is a graduate of Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Austin. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Milford, MA, Boston, MA, and Waltham, MA. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Milford Regional Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Boston. Before completing his residency at Winthrop University Hospital, Dr. Regan attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. He has received the distinction of Psi Sigma Alpha Osteopathic Honor Society. Dr. Regan is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Samuel Nurko, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Samuel Nurko is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include achalasia, eosinophilic esophagitis, and surgical procedures. Dr. Nurko honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Graduated With Honors From Medical School; Diploma For Being The Best Student Of The; and Medical School. Dr. Nurko (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Surgical Procedures, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Constipation, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, 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

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

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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.