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We found 60 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Open Choice PPO near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Jacquelyn Fitch Fleckenstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Fleckenstein attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include endoscopy and liver transplant. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Endoscopy, Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant

Dr. Deborah C Rubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Deborah Rubin, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, women's health issues, and small intestine disorders. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Rubin performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Consultation, Women's Health Issues, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicholas O Davidson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Nicholas Davidson is a gastroenterologist. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Davidson attended medical school at King's College London School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Genetic Issues, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Dayna S Early, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Dayna Early works as an adult gastroenterologist. Patients gave Dr. Early an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: interventional endoscopy, gastrointestinal cancer, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Early attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Weight Management, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mauricio Lisker Melman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Mauricio Lisker-Melman, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He is especially interested in endoscopy. Dr. Lisker-Melman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lisker-Melman (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Endoscopy, Transplant Procedures

Dr. William Frederick Stenson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. William Stenson is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. In his practice, he is particularly interested in crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Stenson honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Stenson speaks Bosnian. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Chandra Prakash Gyawali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Chandra Gyawali specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Calicut Medical College for medical school, Dr. Gyawali completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He speaks Nepali. Dr. Gyawali's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, esophageal motility disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Acid Reflux

Dr. Robert J Rothbaum, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Transplant Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Rothbaum sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Town and Country, MO. His medical specialties are pediatric transplant medicine and pediatric gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Rothbaum's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Vladimir Markovicl Kushnir, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Vladimir Kushnir sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: interventional endoscopy, gastrointestinal cancer, and weight management. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Kushnir honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Kushnir speaks Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexandra Marin Gutierrez, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alexandra Gutierrez works as an adult gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Her education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Gutierrez honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Gutierrez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. David A Rudnick, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Rudnick specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Rudnick attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Jean Sandy Wang, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Women's Health
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jean Wang works as an adult gastroenterologist and women's health specialist. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. After attending Brown University, Alpert Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wang takes.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Barrett's Esophagus

Dr. David Hershel Alpers, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4570 Children's Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Alpers' specialty is adult gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Alpers is not accepting new patients at this time. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Malnutrition, Intestinal Problems

Dr. Chien-Huan Chen, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Chien-Huan Chen is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Creve Coeur, MO and Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Chen is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease and endoscopy. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Chen's residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He speaks Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Small Intestine Disorders

Dr. Phillip Irwin Tarr, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Phillip Tarr, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Tarr's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Tarr is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Daniel K Mullady, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Mullady practices adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Mullady attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Mullady focuses on interventional endoscopy, gastrointestinal cancer, and weight management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mullady honors. Dr. Mullady is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (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.