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Dr. Robert Stephen Brown Jr., MPH, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
622 W 168th Street, Penthouse Room Penthouse 14; 105
New York, NY
 

Dr. Robert Brown practices gastroenterology (digestive system), transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. His areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, liver cancer, and liver transplant. His hospital/clinic affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, ColumbiaDoctors, and Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Brown takes POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Brown is accepting new patients. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has received distinctions including One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and Young Investigator Award, American Society of Transplant Physicians. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Cancer, Organ ... (Read more)

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Dr. Adam Franklin Steinlauf, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1315 York Avenue Mezzanine
New York, NY
 

Dr. Adam Steinlauf practices adult gastroenterology in New York, NY. Dr. Steinlauf has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by Dr. Steinlauf's patients. Dr. Steinlauf's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Steinlauf is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Steinlauf honors Coresource, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Steinlauf is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Dr. Steinlauf performed Dr. Steinlauf's residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Steinlauf has received include New York Super Doctors and America's Top Physicians, by Consumers' Research Council of America. Dr. Steinlauf is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Intestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

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Dr. Michel Kahaleh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1305 York Avenue; Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Charlottesville, NY
 

Dr. Michel Kahaleh, who practices in New York, NY and Charlottesville, NY, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: stomach tumor, stent placement (stenting), and cryotherapy. Dr. Kahaleh is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. He graduated from Université Libre de Bruxelles. For his residency, Dr. Kahaleh trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received professional recognition including the following: One of America's Top Doctors; Intern of the Year, University of Illinois; and Resident Teacher of the Year, University of Illinois. In addition to English, Dr. Kahaleh (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach tumor, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, stomach problems, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Interventional ... (Read more)

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Dr. Thomas Mathew Ciecierega, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Thomas Ciecierega's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Poznan University of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Goryeb Children's Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), esophageal motility disorders, and celiac disease. Dr. Ciecierega accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ciecierega include: Young Investigator Travel Award and Graduated Magna Cum Laude Certificate of Excellence for Highest GPA in Biology. Dr. Ciecierega (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), esophageal motility disorders, celiac disease, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, rectal problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Botox ... (Read more)

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Dr. Francis Gerald Gress, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 Clarkson Avenue; Box 1196
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Francis Gress specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: stent placement (stenting), cryotherapy, and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Gress is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, POMCO, and more. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. His distinctions include: Professional Honors; Recent Committee Memberships and Professional Societies; and American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Gress (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Gress's professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Gress is accepting 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. Jeffrey Stephen Crespin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
155 East 47th Street; Suite 1a
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Crespin specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Crespin (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Dr. Crespin's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is professionally affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and NYU Langone Medical Center. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crespin honors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Peter John Santogade, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Rm 3-005, Allen Pavilion; 5141 Broadway
New York, NY
 

Dr. Peter Santogade works as an adult gastroenterologist in New York, NY and Bronx, NY. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: second opinions, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Dr. Santogade is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Santogade attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. He takes Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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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. Ellen J Scherl, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1315 York Avenue Mezzanine
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ellen Scherl, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Scherl include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Scherl is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Scherl takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Medical Center for residency. Her distinctions include: New York Super Doctors; One of America's Top Doctors; and Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Scherl (or staff) speaks Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
380 2nd Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elliot Arons is a New York, NY physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Arons has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and alcohol abuse. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. He attended medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at The Miriam Hospital and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Arons has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include New York Super Doctors and Carnegie Mellon University Protein Filament Prize.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Gastrointestinal Problems

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Dr. Charles Maltz, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
525 E 68th Street; # J-314
New York, NY
 

Dr. Charles Maltz sees patients in New York, NY. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Maltz include second opinions, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Maltz is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Maltz performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa; and Alpha Omega Alpha Sigma Xi. Dr. Maltz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and Yiddish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Second Opinions, Ulcerative Colitis, Capsule Endoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Vinita Elizabeth Jacob, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1315 York Avenue Mezzanine
New York, NY
 

Dr. Vinita Jacob's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Jacob has indicated that her clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Jacob is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Jacob's distinctions include: Jacob V and Scherl E, Bosworth B, Stevens L, Brown R, DeFilippis E, Warren R, Harbus M. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Jacob is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Dr. James Sungsik Park, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
530 1st Avenue; Suite 4j
New York, NY
 

Dr. James Park sees patients in New York, NY. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Park include hepatitis C, liver cancer, and hepatitis B. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. He accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Park attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Korean.

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

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Reem Z Sharaiha, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1305 York Avenue; Fourth Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Reem Sharaiha is a New York, NY physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sharaiha's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatic cyst, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharaiha accepts. After completing medical school at St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sharaiha include: Overall Academic Achievement Award, University of Londong; Graduated with distinction from Unviersity of London; and Housestaff Teaching Award, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Campus. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems, small intestine disorders, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gallstones, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Pancreatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Wenhan Wan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1305 York Avenue; Floor 4
New York, NY
 

Dr. David Wan sees patients in New York, NY. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Wan is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Sigma Xi; Glorney-Raisbeck Grant; and AASLD Travel Grant. In addition to English, Dr. Wan (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, liver cancer, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Cancer, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

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Dr. Lauren Goldstein Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
240 East 38th Street; 23rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Lauren Khanna is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: stent placement (stenting), barrett's esophagus, and pancreatic cyst. She is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Khanna honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. Dr. Khanna (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian.

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Relevant Interests: , colon polyps, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Stent Placement, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Barrett's Esophagus, ERCP, Colon Polyps, Pancreatic Cyst, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Arun Benjamin Jesudian, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
1305 York Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Arun Jesudian is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). His education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. His areas of expertise include hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Patients rated Dr. Jesudian highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Jesudian is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Weill Cornell Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, ... (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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