We found 18 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Health Net HMO near Brooklyn, NY.

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Dr. Joel Edward Lavine, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
3959 Broadway Bhs 7-702 (central)
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. Myron Dov Goldberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
110 E 59th Street; Suite 10-d
New York, NY
 

Dr. Myron Goldberg specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in New York, NY. In addition to English, Dr. Goldberg (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Goldberg obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Goldberg has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease, colon polyps, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Colon Polyps, Heartburn, Endoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
51 East 25th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Shawn Khodadadian is a New York, NY physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Khodadadian average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khodadadian include heartburn, esophageal manometry, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Aetna Medicare. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Khodadadian completed residency programs at Lenox Hill Hospital and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Khodadadian has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors; New York Magazine Best Doctors; and New York Rising Stars. Dr. Khodadadian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and Japanese. Dr. Khodadadian is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, gastroparesis, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Heartburn, Gastroparesis, Esophageal Manometry, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible ... (Read more)

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Dr. Sam Weissman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
202 Foster Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Sam Weissman specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Weissman has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weissman include ulcers, anemia, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weissman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. Dr. Weissman (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Hal Jeffrey Freiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
59 West 12th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hal Freiman practices adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include cancer, gallbladder problems, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Freiman studied medicine at Albany Medical College. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Freiman accepts. Dr. Freiman is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Colon Polyps, Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ofem I Ajah, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology
753 Classon Avenue; Suite Lj
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Ofem Ajah works as a gastroenterologist and legal medicine specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Ilorin College of Health Sciences. Dr. Ajah's residency was performed at Interfaith Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Ajah include liver disease, colonoscopy, and colorectal cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Ajah is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Ajah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Hausa. His hospital/clinic affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Liver Disease, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Endoscopy

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
336; 78 Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Nidal Khoury practices adult gastroenterology in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Khoury studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoury include ulcers, anemia, and hepatitis. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khoury (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Khoury is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Rectal Problems, Hiatal Hernia, Parasitic Infection, Biliary Disorders, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Greene Avenue; Suite 2f
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Jahid Ahamed is an adult gastroenterologist in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Ahamed's areas of expertise include pancreas problems, hepatitis, and gallbladder problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Healthfirst, and more. He graduated from MAG Osmani Medical College, Sylhet. Dr. Ahamed's residency was performed at Interfaith Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ahamed (or staff) speaks Urdu, Bengali, and Hindi. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Yacov Ronald Stollman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
126 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Yacov Stollman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Stollman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Italian, and Russian. Dr. Stollman has indicated that his clinical interests include colposcopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon problems. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Dr. Stollman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Vytra, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Colposcopy, Rectal Problems, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colon Problems, Colonoscopy

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
263 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Yvonne McFarlane-Ferreira specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. McFarlane-Ferreira include inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and colon problems. She is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McFarlane-Ferreira takes. She attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn for residency. In addition to English, Dr. McFarlane-Ferreira (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Biliary Disorders, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Jody M Tutino, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology, Geriatrics
10 Plaza Street E
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Jody Tutino practices legal medicine, adult gastroenterology, and geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of expertise for Dr. Tutino include ulcers, gallbladder problems, and liver disease. She has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Tutino graduated from the University of Rome Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Tutino (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. She is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Hiatal Hernia, Colon Problems, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Sameer Rafal Rafla Demetrious, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
45 Second Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Sameer Rafla-Demetrious' area of specialization is radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and more. Dr. Rafla-Demetrious attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, State University of New York (SUNY), and the University of London. Dr. Rafla-Demetrious (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and Sign Language. His hospital/clinic affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, and Maimonides Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Urologic Cancer, Brain Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Leukemia, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Adolfo Ramos Badillo Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
263 Seventh Avenue; Suite 4g, Nypbmh Medical Pavilion
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Adolfo Badillo's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Badillo obtained his medical school training at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and performed his residency at New York Methodist Hospital. His clinical interests include leukemia, lung cancer, and anemia. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Badillo (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer

All Interests: Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Bleeding Disorders, Stomach ... (Read more)

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Dr. Brian Patrick Harlin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
251 E 33rd Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Brian Harlin's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in New York, NY. Dr. Harlin (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. Dr. Harlin's clinical interests include diverticular disease, minimally invasive surgery, and hemorrhoidectomy (surgical hemorrhoid removal). He is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Harlin attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Hemorrhoidectomy, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Colon ... (Read more)

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Dr. Barry Sorrel Savits, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center; 1456
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Barry Savits' specialty is general surgery. His clinical interests include breast surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Dr. Savits accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Savits attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Savits (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Yiddish.

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Relevant Interests: , anal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Circumcision, Skin Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Breast Surgery, Anal Cancer, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Irina Murakohouskaya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
501 Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Irina Murakhovskaya is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Murakhovskaya performed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and anemia. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Murakhovskaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Armenian. She is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center and New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Urologic Cancer, Brain Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Leukemia, ... (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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