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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 is a gastroenterologist in Cambridge, MA. His clinical interests include therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Ruymann's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. Dr. Ruymann's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha; Peer Recognition Award; and Board Of Fellows, Gettysburg College. He is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Mount Auburn Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ruymann's 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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Walker's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walker include celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Walker is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, Boston Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare insurance. He is closed to new patients at this time. Dr. Walker graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Kappa Kappa Award, Oregon Health Sciences University; Rose Award of Excellence, Oregon Health Sciences University; and ACG/Centocor IBD Abstract Award.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Jeffrey Biller works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Biller has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Biller has an open panel. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Biller has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Winter (or staff) is conversant in Telephone Interpretation, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Winter is especially interested in immunodeficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Winter 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. 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 honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Israel's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Clinical Investigator Award; National Institutes; and Of Health. Dr. Israel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, French, and Yiddish.

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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. Brian Patrick Regan Sr., DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Brian Regan is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Milford, MA, Boston, MA, and Waltham, MA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Regan include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Regan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Regan has received professional recognition including the following: Psi Sigma Alpha Osteopathic Honor Society. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Milford Regional Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Boston. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Buie's clinical interests encompass autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received distinctions including 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. Dr. Buie offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Buie welcomes 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. Kriston A Ganguli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kriston Ganguli sees patients in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ganguli is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Medical School. She trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. She has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and failure to thrive. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ganguli honors. Dr. Ganguli (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Ganguli is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her practice is open to 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. Qian Yuan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
2000 Washington Street; Suite 466
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Qian Yuan specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He is conversant in Chinese. Clinical interests for Dr. Yuan include pancreas problems, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Yuan attended Peking University Health Science Center and Beijing Second Medical College for medical school. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yuan takes. 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Katz's clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Dr. Katz attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr. Katz (or staff) speaks Afrikaans and Dutch. Dr. Katz's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. 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 works as a primary care doctor and adult gastroenterologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Ginsburg 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Ginsburg is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ginsburg has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha; Career Developmental Award From Colitis & Ileitis; and Foundation. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Henning Gaissert works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gaissert attended medical school at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Foundation Medical Partners. He welcomes 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. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colon cancer, liver cancer, and melanoma. Dr. Tanabe 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 takes. He 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. Dr. Tanabe (or staff) speaks Croatian, Filipino, and Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 works as an urogynecologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Wakamatsu average 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wakamatsu's areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and pelvic reconstructive surgery. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Wakamatsu has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Ulfelder Teaching Award; and Excellence in Workshop Leadership. Dr. Wakamatsu (or staff) speaks Spanish, Chinese, and German. Dr. Wakamatsu's hospital/clinic 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. Michael Lanuti, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Michael Lanuti is a thoracic surgeon. Dr. Lanuti has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lanuti has received distinctions including Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic; Thoracic Surgery; and Boston Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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's specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Cusack's clinical interests encompass rectal cancer, colon cancer, and melanoma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Emory University School of Medicine and residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Cusack has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; America's Top Doctors for Cancer; and Boston Top Doctors. Dr. Cusack (or staff) speaks German. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Cusack is accepting 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.