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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. 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. 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. 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

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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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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Timothy Buie practices pediatric gastroenterology in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Newton, MA. He offers interpreting services for his patients. In his practice, Dr. Buie focuses on autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Buie obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bridgeport Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Buie 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 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. Qian Yuan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
2000 Washington Street; Suite 466
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Qian Yuan's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. These areas are among Dr. Yuan's clinical interests: pancreas problems, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He attended Peking University Health Science Center and Beijing Second Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Yuan speaks Chinese. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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)

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 several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Medical School. She trained at Tufts Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Ganguli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Ganguli's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. 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 areas of specialization are primary care and adult gastroenterology; she sees patients in Newton, MA, Newton Lower Falls, MA, and Weston, MA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ginsburg include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ginsburg studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her residency training 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. She is affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Aubrey Katz practices pediatric gastroenterology in Waltham, MA, Boston, MA, and Leominister, MA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Katz has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. For his professional training, Dr. Katz completed a residency program at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Dr. Katz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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)

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. His clinical interests include migraine, nutrition counseling, and infertility. Patient ratings for Mr. Mandler average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Migraine, Nutrition Counseling, Infertility, Urinalysis, Headache, ... (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 physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gaissert include esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaissert accepts. Dr. Gaissert attended Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gaissert has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) is conversant in German and French. His hospital/clinic 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 is a surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist. Dr. Tanabe (or staff) speaks Croatian, Filipino, and Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Tanabe include colon cancer, liver cancer, and melanoma. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Tanabe studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Tanabe is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tanabe has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America (2000 - present year, each year individually); Boston Super Doctors; and Specialty In Cancer Surgery. He has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. May Wakamatsu's specialty is urogynecology. Dr. Wakamatsu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Chinese, and German. These areas are among her clinical interests: rectocele (posterior prolapse), urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and pelvic reconstructive surgery. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her average rating from her patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wakamatsu is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Ulfelder Teaching Award; and Excellence in Workshop Leadership. 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. Michael Lanuti, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Michael Lanuti is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests encompass esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Lanuti is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Lanuti's medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has received professional recognition including the following: Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic; Thoracic Surgery; and Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Lanuti is accepting new patients.

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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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Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. James Cusack is a specialist in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Cusack (or staff) speaks German. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Cusack include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and melanoma. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cusack accepts. Dr. Cusack's distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; America's Top Doctors for Cancer; and Boston Top Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, 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.