We found 35 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Waltham, MA.

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Dr. Frederick W Ruymann, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Fred Ruymann is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Cambridge, MA and Watertown, MA. His areas of expertise include therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Ruymann's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. Dr. Ruymann attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete 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. Dr. Ruymann (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Watertown 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)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Biller is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Biller is especially interested in gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Biller has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Kriston A Ganguli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kriston Ganguli is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and failure to thrive. Dr. Ganguli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Medical School and residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Ganguli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Failure to Thrive, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Sabina Sabharwal, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Sabina Sabharwal practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Sabharwal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Her areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease. Her professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Floating Hospital for Children. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sabharwal has received the distinction of James MaGuigan Award in gastrointestinal physiology. She is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Harland Winter is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Winter include immunodeficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Winter's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Winter has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. 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. Brian Patrick Regan Sr., DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Brian Regan, who practices in Milford, MA, Boston, MA, and Waltham, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Regan include inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Milford Regional Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Boston. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Regan accepts. His practice is open to new patients. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Regan completed his residency training at Winthrop University Hospital. He has received the distinction of Psi Sigma Alpha Osteopathic Honor Society.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Esther Israel sees patients in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Israel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, French, and Yiddish. These areas are among Dr. Israel's clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and failure to thrive. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Israel honors. Dr. Israel's distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Clinical Investigator Award; and National Institutes. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

Dr. Carla Helene Ginsburg, MPH, MD
Specializes in Primary Care, Adult Gastroenterology
2000 Washington Street; Suite 543 Mob White
Newton Lower Falls, MA
 

Dr. Carla Ginsburg sees patients in Newton, MA, Newton Lower Falls, MA, and Weston, MA. Her medical specialties are primary care and adult gastroenterology. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ginsburg is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ginsburg include: Alpha Omega Alpha Career Developmental Award From Colitis & Ileitis; Foundation Roche Award; and National Institute Of Health Rescud Career Development Aard and Investigator Award. Dr. Ginsburg is affiliated with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Baptist Outpatient Services. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite No. 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Aubrey Katz, who practices in Waltham, MA, Boston, MA, and Leominister, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a graduate of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital's residency program. These areas are among his clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. Patients rated Dr. Katz highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Katz (or staff) speaks Afrikaans and Dutch. Dr. Katz is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Katz welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Qian Yuan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
2000 Washington Street; Suite 466
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Qian Yuan's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Yuan is a graduate of Peking University Health Science Center and Beijing Second Medical College and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Yuan is conversant in Chinese. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

George Licac Mandler
Specializes in Acupuncture, Gastroenterology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Nutrition, Gynecology
21 Belmont Street
Cambridge, MA
 

Mr. George Mandler's areas of specialization are acupuncture, gastroenterology (digestive system), and reproductive endocrinology and infertility; he sees patients in Stow, MA and Cambridge, MA. His areas of expertise include migraine, nutrition counseling, and infertility. On average, patients gave Mr. Mandler a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Mr. Mandler honors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis

All Interests: Infertility, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Blood Tests, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Allergies, Colitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kenneth Tanabe practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of expertise for Dr. Tanabe include colon cancer, liver cancer, and melanoma. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tanabe honors. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Tanabe attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors and Specialty In Cancer Surgery Best Doctors in America (year, each year individually). Dr. Tanabe (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Croatian, and Serbo-Croatian. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Tanabe welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, liver cancer

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Melanoma, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Lanuti, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Michael Lanuti practices thoracic surgery in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. His areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lanuti accepts. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic Thoracic Surgery and Boston Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lanuti's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Lanuti has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urogynecology
40 Second Street; Suite 400
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. May Wakamatsu practices urogynecology in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Danvers, MA. She is rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Wakamatsu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Wakamatsu accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Wakamatsu completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), rectovaginal fistula

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Urinary Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, Vaginal Prolapse, ... (Read more)

Dr. Henning A Gaissert, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert's specialty is thoracic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks German and French. In his practice, Dr. Gaissert focuses on esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He attended Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaissert takes. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown University; and Allen W. Locke M.D. Physician Award, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Surgical Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Joel Schwartz is a physician who specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Schwartz completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schwartz include myeloma, breast cancer, and lymphoma. The average patient rating for Dr. Schwartz is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Schwartz include: Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine--North Shore Medical Center; The 100 Award from Mass General Hospital; and Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Schwartz offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include Union Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Myeloma, Gastrointestinal Problems, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Melanoma

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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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