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We found 34 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Waltham, 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. 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. 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

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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. 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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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Walker sees patients in Lexington, MA, Waltham, MA, and Boston, MA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Walker is especially interested in celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. His distinctions include: Alpha Kappa Kappa Award, Oregon Health Sciences University; Rose Award of Excellence, Oregon Health Sciences University; and ACG/Centocor IBD Abstract Award. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Walker is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Qian Yuan practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Yuan include pancreas problems, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Peking University Health Science Center and Beijing Second Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He speaks Chinese. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Yuan 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)

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

Dr. Aubrey Katz sees patients in Waltham, MA, Boston, MA, and Leominister, MA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Katz accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a graduate of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Katz (or staff) speaks Afrikaans and Dutch. Dr. Katz is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He 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. Kriston A Ganguli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kriston Ganguli is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ganguli (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. In her practice, she is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and failure to thrive. Dr. Ganguli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Before performing her residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Ganguli attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Medical School. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. 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. 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's medical specialty is primary care and adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ginsburg include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha; Career Developmental Award From Colitis & Ileitis; and Foundation. Dr. Ginsburg's professional affiliations include West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Ginsburg has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. May Wakamatsu specializes in urogynecology and practices in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Danvers, MA. Her clinical interests include rectocele (posterior prolapse), urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Wakamatsu honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Wakamatsu has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Ulfelder Teaching Award; and Excellence in Workshop Leadership. Dr. Wakamatsu (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Chinese, and German. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

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

Dr. Henning Arthur Gaissert, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert is a general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gaissert graduated from Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. In addition to English, Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks German and French. Dr. Gaissert's professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Foundation Medical Partners. Dr. Gaissert 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)

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Specializes in Surgical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kenneth Tanabe practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery). These areas are among Dr. Tanabe's clinical interests: colon cancer, liver cancer, and melanoma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Tanabe has received distinctions including Best Doctors in America (2000 - present year, each year individually); Boston Super Doctors; and Specialty In Cancer Surgery. Dr. Tanabe (or staff) is conversant in Croatian, Filipino, and Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting 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. Cameron Dorrans Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street; Suite 665 - Green
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Cameron Wright's areas of specialization are general surgery and thoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Wright attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung cancer. Dr. Wright honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Wright is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Endarterectomy, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Lung Problems, Minimally Invasive Thoracic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Lanuti works as a thoracic surgeon. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Lanuti accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Lanuti studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His distinctions include: Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic; Thoracic Surgery; and Boston Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Lanuti speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lung ... (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.