We found 83 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept MagnaCare near Hackensack, NJ.

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Dr. Steven Joseph Lobritto, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
622 West 168th Street; Penthouse 14 Center
New York, NY
 

Dr. Steven Lobritto's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He practices in New York, NY. Dr. Lobritto (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language, Spanish, and German. Dr. Lobritto's clinical interests include bowel surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. His professional affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Lobritto attended medical school at New York Medical College. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lobritto include: New York Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and One of America's Top Doctors. Dr. Lobritto's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Hepatitis, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver Transplant, Bowel Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Julia J Wattacheril, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
622 W 168th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Julia Wattacheril is a New York, NY physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wattacheril include hepatitis and liver cancer. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Wattacheril is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Wattacheril graduated from Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease

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Dr. Francis Gerald Gress, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Room 852a, Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Francis Gress is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gress's clinical interests include stent placement (stenting), cryotherapy, and barrett's esophagus. He honors Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, POMCO, and more. He attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Gress's distinctions include: Professional Honors; Recent Committee Memberships and Professional Societies; and American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Gress (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and ColumbiaDoctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Gastrointestinal Problems, Stent Placement, Pancreatitis, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Peter John Santogade, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Peter Santogade is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Santogade include second opinions, colon cancer, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He honors Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, POMCO, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Santogade graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His training includes a residency program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach problems, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, heartburn, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Second Opinions, Rectal Problems, Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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Dr. Joel Edward Lavine, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
3959 Broadway; Suite 702
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joel Lavine is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric transplant hepatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lavine include pancreas problems, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. He takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lavine's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received professional recognition including the following: One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. Dr. Lavine (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Lavine is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver Transplant, Biliary Disorders, Liver ... (Read more)

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Dr. Arthur Marc Magun, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Suite 3-338
New York, NY
 

Dr. Arthur Magun specializes in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Magun (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. Clinical interests for Dr. Magun include stomach problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Magun graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Magun trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He honors United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, colon cancer, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, liver cancer, colon problems, colon polyps, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Colon Polyps, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Esi Sama Natya Lamouse-Smith, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
622 W 168th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Esi Lamouse-Smith's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Lamouse-Smith is conversant in German. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, ColumbiaDoctors, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Lamouse-Smith studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. She takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lamouse-Smith's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Elizabeth Clarice Verna, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
622 W 168th Street, 14e; Room 104
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elizabeth Verna specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system), transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology and practices in New York, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Verna include hepatitis C and liver cancer. Dr. Verna is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and ColumbiaDoctors. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Verna's distinctions include: New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Viral Hepatitis, Cancer

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Dr. Richard Michael Rosenberg, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Room 212, Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Richard Rosenberg specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). His clinical interests include sigmoidoscopy, colon cancer, and stomach problems. Dr. Rosenberg is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosenberg welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include New York Super Doctors and Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Rosenberg speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach problems, colon polyps, diarrhea, heartburn, peptic ulcer, small intestine disorders, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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Dr. David Daniel Markowitz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Suite 853, Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. David Markowitz is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in New York, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Markowitz is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sigmoidoscopy, stomach problems, and colon cancer. Dr. Markowitz is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Markowitz's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Markowitz has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors; One of America's Top Doctors; and Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, diarrhea, heartburn, peptic ulcer, small intestine disorders, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Feeding Tubes, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in celiac disease, colon problems, and upper endoscopy. Dr. Lebwohl takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center for residency. He has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa honors society, .; and Alpha Omega Alpha honors society, .. In addition to English, Dr. Lebwohl speaks Spanish. Dr. Lebwohl is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Upper Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Oscar Lebwohl, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Suite 420
New York, NY
 

Dr. Oscar Lebwohl specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Lebwohl's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: second opinions, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He accepts Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors; Ewig Clinical Scholar, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, 2010-2011; and Best Doctors in America annual listings. Dr. Lebwohl (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lebwohl's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, heartburn, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Second Opinions, Rectal Problems, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Upper Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Veroushka Ballester Vargas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Veroushka Ballester-Vargas is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ballester-Vargas attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Clinical interests for Dr. Ballester-Vargas include gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Ballester-Vargas is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), peptic ulcer, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, colon problems, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Tumor, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Pancreatic Cancer, Small Intestine Disorders, Biliary Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julian Adin Abrams, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
161 Ft. Washington Avenue; Room 862
New York, NY
 

Dr. Julian Abrams is an adult gastroenterologist in New York, NY. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and second opinions. Dr. Abrams accepts Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center for residency. His distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and GRG/AGA Young Investigator Award in Clinical Science. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Abrams is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Second Opinions, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Cancer, Swallowing ... (Read more)

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Dr. David Sung Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
161 Fort Washington Avenue 862; Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. David Lee works as a gastroenterologist. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, liver disease, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Lee accepts Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is affiliated with VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Lee is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, diverticular disease, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Ali Andre Mencin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3959 Broadway; Suite 702
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ali Mencin sees patients in New York, NY and Bronx, NY. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Mencin's areas of clinical interest consist of inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, and constipation. He accepts Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. His distinctions include: New York Super Doctors and One of America's Top Doctors. Dr. Mencin (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. Dr. Mencin's hospital/clinic affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Mencin welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, constipation

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Advanced Endoscopy, Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel ... (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.

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