We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Consumer Health Network near Somerset, NJ.

Dr. Eric Hung Shen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place; Meb 478
New Brunswick, NJ
 

Dr. Eric Shen's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shen attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. His clinical interests include ulcers, interventional endoscopy, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Shen average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Aetna. He is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Interventional Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arvind K Doshi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5 Stanworth Road
Kendall Park, NJ
 

Dr. Arvind Doshi's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Doshi include thyroid problems, nutrition counseling, and headache. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Doshi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of Medical College Baroda and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program. Dr. Doshi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with JFK Medical Center and Princeton HealthCare System.

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

All Interests: Immunization, Bronchitis, Neck Pain, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sinus Problems, Hypoglycemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edith Sonnenberg, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Infectious Disease
81 Veronica Avenue; Suite 203
Somerset, NJ
 

Dr. Edith Sonnenberg is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and adult infectious disease. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sonnenberg include dermatitis (skin inflammation), hepatitis, and headache. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Great-West Healthcare, and more. She studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Sonnenberg completed residency programs at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Sonnenberg (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and Dutch. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Francis Hospital, Capital Health, and Princeton HealthCare System.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Headache, Immunization, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Neck Pain, Ulcerative Colitis, Wounds, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
81 Veronica Avenue
Somerset, NJ
 

Dr. Sarbjit Sandhu is an adult infectious disease specialist in Hillsborough, NJ and Somerset, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sandhu include dermatitis (skin inflammation), hepatitis, and headache. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and QualCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Sandhu performed his residency at Monmouth Medical Center. He is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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Relevant Interests: , ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Headache, Immunization, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Neck Pain, Ulcerative Colitis, Wounds, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5 Stanworth Road
Kendall Park, NJ
 

Dr. Priti Mehta's specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, nutrition counseling, and headache. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehta takes. Dr. Mehta is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunization, Bronchitis, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1300 How Lane
North Brunswick, NJ
 

Dr. Himanshu Patel's medical specialty is general pediatrics. After attending M.P. Shah Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heart problems, and child abuse. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Child Abuse, Substance Abuse, Immunization, Ear Infection, Breast Issues, Lead Poisoning, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel James Greene, MD
Specializes in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
3674 Route 27; Princeton Radiology Associats, P.a., Department B
Kendall Park, NJ
 

Dr. Samuel Greene is a specialist in vascular & interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. He works in Kendall Park, NJ, Monroe, NJ, and Princeton, NJ. Clinical interests for Dr. Greene include liver cancer, trigeminal neuralgia, and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Greene is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Greene's residency was performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Trigeminal Neuralgia, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Kidney Problems, Liver Cancer

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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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