We found 73 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Medicare near Saint Louis Park, MN.

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Dr. Leticia Perondi Perondi Luz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6500 Excelsior Boulevard; Suite 4-820
St Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Leticia Luz works as a gastroenterologist in Saint Louis Park, MN. Dr. Luz accepts Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Faculty of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is conversant in Portuguese. She is affiliated with Park Nicollet Health Services. Dr. Luz's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, peptic ulcer, gastritis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Gastritis, Diarrhea, Peptic Ulcer, Acid Reflux

Dr. Daniel John Virnig, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6500 Excelsior Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Daniel Virnig sees patients in Saint Paul, MN, North Maple Grove, MN, and Saint Louis Park, MN. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with HealthPartners Specialty Center, Regions Hospital, and Park Nicollet Health Services. Dr. Virnig takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease

Dr. James Shawn Mallery, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6500 Excelsior Boulevard; Suite 4-820
St Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. J. Mallery's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Mallery has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and stomach cancer. He is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), the University of Minnesota Physicians (UMPhysicians), and Fairview Health Services. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mallery takes Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Total Pancreatectomy, Transplant Procedures, Pancreatic Cancer, Burns, Biliary Disorders, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael James Shaw, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6500 Excelsior Boulevard, Heart & Vascular Building; Floor 4
St. Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Michael Shaw's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Shaw's clinical interests include colon cancer, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shaw honors Medicare insurance. He has received the following distinction: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Park Nicollet Clinic, and Maple Grove Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, celiac disease, anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Anal Cancer, Burns, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Stuart Kevin Amateau, PhD, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology
406 Harvard Street Se V379 Mmc 36
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Stuart Amateau specializes in bariatric medicine and adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Amateau attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Amateau include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and stomach cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Amateau average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Amateau is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Amateau include: Chief Fellow, Division of Gastroenterology, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital; and ASGE Video Editing Scholarship. He is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Regions Hospital, and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Total Pancreatectomy, Transplant Procedures, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Surgery, Burns, Small ... (Read more)

Dr. John Richard Lake, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
420 Delaware Street Se Mmc 36
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. John Lake, who practices in Minneapolis, MN and Saint Paul, MN, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. His areas of expertise include viral hepatitis, stomach cancer, and wilson's disease. Dr. Lake is in-network for Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinctions: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; and Best Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Fairview Lakes Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Wilson's Disease, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
2512 Building, Third Floor; 2512 S. 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Sarah Schwarzenberg practices pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine) in Se Minneapolis, MN and Minneapolis, MN. These areas are among her clinical interests: obesity, cystic fibrosis (CF), and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Schwarzenberg takes Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Schwarzenberg's medical residency was performed at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Her distinctions include: Mpls. St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; Best Doctors in America; and Mpls.St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor". Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), and Regions Hospital.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia Anne Sherman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6401 France Avenue S
Edina, MN
 

Dr. Cynthia Sherman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Saint Paul, MN, Plymouth, MN, and Edina, MN. Clinical interests for Dr. Sherman include inflammatory bowel disease. She is professionally affiliated with Fairview Ridges Hospital, Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), P.A., and Fairview Southdale Hospital. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Sherman is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Alan Drew Baldridge, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2512 Building, Third Floor; 2512 S. 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Alan Baldridge's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and liver disease. Dr. Baldridge's professional affiliations include Fairview Ridges Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. After completing medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He honors Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctor; and Inside NJ Top Doctor.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, Total ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Peter McCabe Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 E 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Robert McCabe's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. McCabe attended Ohio State University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), P.A., Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Martin Lewis Freeman, MD
Specializes in Transplant Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology
825 S 8th Street; Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Martin Freeman sees patients in Minneapolis, MN and Se Minneapolis, MN. His medical specialties are transplant medicine and adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Freeman highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include interventional endoscopy, stomach cancer, and chronic pancreatitis. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Freeman attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls. St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; and Minnesota Monthly "Best Doctor". He is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Regions Hospital, and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pancreatectomy, Total Pancreatectomy, Transplant Procedures, Bile Duct Stones, Interventional ... (Read more)

Dr. Boris Sudel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Transplant Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology
2450 Riverside Avenue; Pediatric Cdc#8952c
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Boris Sudel is a pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist in Minneapolis, MN, Wyoming, MN, and Maple Grove, MN. His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Sudel's professional affiliations include Fairview Ridges Hospital, Fairview Lakes Medical Center, and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Sudel attended medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sudel is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He has received distinctions including Mpls.St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, Total Pancreatectomy, Transplant ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexander Khoruts, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
420 Delaware Street Se Mmc 36
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Alexander Khoruts is an adult gastroenterologist in Minneapolis, MN, Saint Paul, MN, and Maple Grove, MN. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), and Maple Grove Hospital. Dr. Khoruts is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Khoruts has received include Young Investigator Award, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota and Department of Medicine Young Investigator Award, University of Minnesota. In addition to English, he speaks Russian.

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

All Interests: Burns, Immune Disorders, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose Antonio Vega Peralta, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
909 Fulton Street Se, Clinics and Surgery Center; 2nd Floor
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Jose Vega-Peralta is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, thoracic cancer, and colonoscopy. Dr. Vega-Peralta is in-network for Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Medical Sciences (UCIMED). His training includes a residency program at Hennepin County Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Vega-Peralta include: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor - Rising Star". Dr. Vega-Peralta's professional affiliations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) - East Bank and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Burns, Thoracic Cancer, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Mathai Abraham, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
406 Harvard Street Southeast, Division of Gastroenterology; Mmc 36
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. James Abraham is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Abraham attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Abraham takes Medicare insurance. His distinctions include: DIGEST Grant by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition; and DIGEST Grant, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His professional affiliations include Fairview Lakes Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Burns, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirk David Wilson, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
420 Delaware Mmc 284; University of Minnesota Department of Medicine
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Kirk Wilson practices adult gastroenterology. His professional affiliations include Fairview Ridges Hospital, Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), P.A., and Fairview Southdale Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Wilson graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wilson include: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Preventive Care, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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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