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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
300 Mount Auburn Street; Suite 405
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Frederick Ruymann works as a gastroenterologist in Cambridge, MA. These areas are among his clinical interests: therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Ruymann is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Ruymann attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha; Peer Recognition Award; and Board Of Fellows, Gettysburg College. Dr. Ruymann's professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Mount Auburn Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
291 Independence Drive
Chestnut Hill, MA
 

Dr. John Kauffman is an adult gastroenterology specialist. In his practice, Dr. Kauffman focuses on endoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Emerson Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. Dr. Kauffman has an open panel. He attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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. 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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 5th Floor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Athos Bousvaros' medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bousvaros (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Greek, and Russian. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bousvaros include inflammatory bowel disease. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Bousvaros has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, Medicaid, and more. He has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa; and Sigma XI. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bousvaros's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Munir Mobassaleh is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. In his practice, Dr. Mobassaleh focuses on inflammatory bowel disease. His professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mobassaleh's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He trained at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Boston Medical Center for residency. 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. Dr. Mobassaleh (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Blake 4
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Richter's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Richter include gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Richter graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he 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. Dr. Richter is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Gale Fiarman's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fiarman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Fiarman's areas of expertise include cirrhosis and endoscopy. She is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Emerson Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Fiarman attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fiarman accepts the following insurance: Medicaid, Medicare, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She has received the following distinctions: Boston Best Doctor- Gastroenterology; Best Doctors in America- Gastroenterology; and Boston Super Doctors. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Nutrition
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Christopher Duggan is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric nutrition specialist. He offers interpreting services for his patients. In his practice, Dr. Duggan focuses on malnutrition and short bowel syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Duggan obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid. 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. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Duggan's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Short Bowel Syndrome

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Menno Verhave is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Verhave's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital Boston. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Verhave include celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. He accepts Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Verhave 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. Dr. Verhave's professional affiliations include Good Samaritan Medical Center (Brockton, MA), Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Alejandro Flores-Sandoval's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Flores-Sandoval include inflammatory bowel disease and motility disorders. Dr. Flores-Sandoval is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flores-Sandoval accepts. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Flores-Sandoval completed his residency training at Children's Hospital Boston. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include "Because You Care Bear Award," Western New York; Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction Foundation; and Caremark Vision Award. In addition to English, Dr. Flores-Sandoval speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Motility Disorders

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Victor Fox, who practices in Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass esophagus problems. Dr. Fox honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Prudential (PruCare), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Fox 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. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Dr. Fox 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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Biller's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Biller include gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Biller attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Biller has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Biller is accepting 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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 5th Floor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Leonel Rodriguez sees patients in Boston, MA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal motility disorders. Dr. Rodriguez's professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodriguez welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Austin's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish.

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

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

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. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has indicated that his clinical interests include immunodeficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Winter honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. 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. Dr. Winter (or staff) is conversant in Telephone Interpretation, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Winter's professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Brian Regan is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Winthrop University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Regan has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. Dr. Regan has received the distinction of Psi Sigma Alpha Osteopathic Honor Society. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Milford Regional Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Boston. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Samuel Nurko practices pediatric gastroenterology in Boston, MA. Dr. Nurko attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for his residency. His clinical interests include achalasia, eosinophilic esophagitis, and surgical procedures. He takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nurko's distinctions include: Graduated With Honors From Medical School; Diploma For Being The Best Student Of The; and Medical School. Dr. Nurko (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Nurko is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). He is accepting new patients.

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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)

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Esther Israel works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Israel include inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and failure to thrive. Dr. Israel honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Israel's distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Clinical Investigator Award; National Institutes; and Of Health. In addition to English, Dr. Israel (or staff) speaks Hebrew, French, and Yiddish. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Israel 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.

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