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

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

Dr. Eric Shen's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Shen include ulcers, interventional endoscopy, and colon cancer. Dr. Shen has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Shen attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Shen is professionally 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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Doshi include thyroid problems, nutrition counseling, and headache. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Doshi accepts. Dr. Doshi obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. In addition to English, Dr. Doshi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Saint Peter's Healthcare System (New Jersey), 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's specialties are general internal medicine and adult infectious disease. Clinical interests for Dr. Sonnenberg include dermatitis (skin inflammation), hepatitis, and headache. Her professional affiliations include Saint Peter's Healthcare System (New Jersey), St. Francis Hospital, and Capital Health. Dr. Sonnenberg is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Great-West Healthcare, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Sonnenberg (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and Dutch.

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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 General Pediatrics
1300 How Lane
North Brunswick, NJ
 

Dr. Himanshu Patel's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Patel attended M.P. Shah Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heart problems, and child abuse. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Saint Peter's Healthcare System (New Jersey) and 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)

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
81 Veronica Avenue
Somerset, NJ
 

Dr. Sarbjit Sandhu practices adult infectious disease. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Monmouth Medical Center's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sandhu include dermatitis (skin inflammation), hepatitis, and headache. Dr. Sandhu accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, QualCare, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Peter's Healthcare System (New Jersey) and 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)

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's specialties are vascular & interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. He practices in Kendall Park, NJ, Monroe, NJ, and Princeton, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Greene include liver cancer, trigeminal neuralgia, and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Greene graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Greene completed a residency program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Priti Mehta is an internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Mehta include thyroid problems, nutrition counseling, and headache. She is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System. Dr. Mehta honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant.

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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)

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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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