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We found 69 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Medicare near Saint Louis Park, MN.

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

Dr. Daniel Virnig works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Virnig's hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthPartners Specialty Center, Regions Hospital, and Park Nicollet Health Services. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

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

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

Dr. Leticia Luz's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and general internal medicine. She attended Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Luz is conversant in Portuguese. Dr. Luz is affiliated with Park Nicollet Health Services. She is accepting 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. Michael James Shaw, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6500 Excelsior Boulevard, Heart & Vascular Building; Floor 4
St. Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Michael Shaw is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shaw include colon cancer, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. He accepts Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. He has received the following distinction: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors. Dr. Shaw is professionally affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Park Nicollet Clinic, and Maple Grove Hospital. Dr. Shaw welcomes 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. Alan Drew Baldridge, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2512 Building, Third Floor; 2512 S. 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Alan Baldridge is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Fairview Ridges Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Dr. Baldridge is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Baldridge studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center. He has received distinctions including 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. James Shawn Mallery, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6500 Excelsior Boulevard; Suite 4-820
St Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. J. Mallery works as an adult gastroenterologist. In Dr. Mallery's practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and stomach cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) and the University of Minnesota Physicians (UMPhysicians). He takes Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mallery include: 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. Cynthia Anne Sherman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6401 France Avenue S
Edina, MN
 

Dr. Cynthia Sherman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed her residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. Her clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Sherman's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Medicare insurance. She is professionally affiliated with Fairview Ridges Hospital, Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), P.A., and Fairview Southdale Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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 and practices in Minneapolis, MN and Se Minneapolis, MN. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Amateau's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and stomach cancer. He 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. His professional affiliations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) and Regions Hospital.

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

Dr. Boris Sudel's specialties are pediatric transplant medicine and pediatric gastroenterology. He practices in Minneapolis, MN, Wyoming, MN, and Maple Grove, MN. Dr. Sudel's clinical interests include gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He takes Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Sudel has received include Mpls.St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors. His professional affiliations include Fairview Ridges Hospital, Fairview Lakes Medical Center, and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. John Lake is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. These areas are among Dr. Lake's clinical interests: viral hepatitis, stomach cancer, and wilson's disease. He takes Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lake include: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; and Best Doctors. Dr. Lake is professionally affiliated with 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. Alexander Khoruts, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
420 Delaware Street Se Mmc 36
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Alexander Khoruts is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Minneapolis, MN, Saint Paul, MN, and Maple Grove, MN. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. Dr. Khoruts is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. His distinctions include: Young Investigator Award, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota and Department of Medicine Young Investigator Award, University of Minnesota. He speaks Russian. Dr. Khoruts is affiliated with Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), and Maple Grove Hospital.

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

Dr. Martin Freeman's areas of specialization are transplant medicine and adult gastroenterology; he sees patients in Minneapolis, MN and Se Minneapolis, MN. His clinical interests include interventional endoscopy, stomach cancer, and chronic pancreatitis. Dr. Freeman is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) and Regions Hospital. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Freeman accepts Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Freeman include: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls. St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; and Minnesota Monthly "Best Doctor".

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

Dr. Robert McCabe's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. McCabe is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. McCabe trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He is professionally affiliated with 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. James Mathai Abraham, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
406 Harvard Street Southeast, Division of Gastroenterology; Mmc 36
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. James Abraham works as a gastroenterologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Abraham include cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and inflammatory bowel disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Fairview Lakes Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Abraham honors Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Abraham include: DIGEST Grant by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition; and DIGEST Grant, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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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, who practices in Minneapolis, MN and Bloomington, MN, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His professional affiliations include Fairview Ridges Hospital, Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), P.A., and Fairview Southdale Hospital. Dr. Wilson attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. 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

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 practices adult gastroenterology in Minneapolis, MN. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer and colonoscopy. Dr. Vega-Peralta is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) - East Bank. He is a graduate of the University of Medical Sciences (UCIMED) and a graduate of Hennepin County Medical Center's residency program. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Vega-Peralta's distinctions 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".

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

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

Dr. Benjamin Lars Mitlyng, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
420 Delaware Street Se; A539 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Benjamin Mitlyng specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Plymouth, MN and Minneapolis, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer and eosinophilic esophagitis. Dr. Mitlyng takes Medicare insurance. He has received distinctions including Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition. Dr. Mitlyng is affiliated with Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), P.A. and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Radiofrequency Ablation, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Barrett's ... (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.