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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 works as a gastroenterologist, transplant hepatologist, and hepatologist. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Brown include hepatitis, liver cancer, and liver transplant. Dr. Brown is in-network for United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, and Child Health Plus, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brown has received professional recognition including the following: One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and Young Investigator Award, American Society of Transplant Physicians. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, ColumbiaDoctors, and Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Brown is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Adam Steinlauf practices adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Steinlauf a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Steinlauf include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Steinlauf is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Steinlauf is an in-network provider for Coresource, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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. Dr. Steinlauf has received professional recognition including the following: 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

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

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

Dr. Michel Kahaleh works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Kahaleh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Kahaleh's clinical interests: stomach tumor, stent placement (stenting), and cryotherapy. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Kahaleh graduated from Université Libre de Bruxelles and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kahaleh include: One of America's Top Doctors; Intern of the Year, University of Illinois; and Resident Teacher of the Year, University of Illinois.

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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)

Dr. Karl Thadeus Bednarek, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10 Union Square East, Phillips Ambulatory Center; Suite 2g
New York, NY
 

Dr. Karl Bednarek works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Bednarek (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language, Spanish, and Polish. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Bednarek's hospital/clinic affiliations include Beth Israel Hospital and NYU Langone. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. Dr. Bednarek's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), diverticular disease, colon polyps, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Ulcers, Barrett's Esophagus, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, Colon Polyps, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Stephen Crespin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
155 East 47th Street; Suite 1a
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Crespin works as an adult gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, general care, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Crespin is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and NYU Langone. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Aetna Medicare, and more. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Dr. Crespin performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. In addition to English, Dr. Crespin (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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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)

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

Dr. David Wan works as a gastroenterologist in New York, NY. In addition to English, Dr. Wan (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. Clinical interests for Dr. Wan include gastrointestinal bleeding, hepatitis, and colonoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Wan attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Wan completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wan has received distinctions including Sigma Xi; Glorney-Raisbeck Grant; and AASLD Travel Grant.

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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)

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

Dr. Ellen Scherl is an adult gastroenterologist in New York, NY. Dr. Scherl (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. She has indicated that her clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Scherl is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, she performed her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Scherl's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. Dr. Scherl's distinctions include: New York Super Doctors; One of America's Top Doctors; and Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors.

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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)

Dr. Elaine Betty Barfield, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elaine Barfield is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in New York, NY. Dr. Barfield (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. Her clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Barfield is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Dr. Barfield has received professional recognition including the following: Invited Participant NASPGHAN Nutrition University (Chicago, IL); Invited Participant, 7th Annual Pediatric IBD Academic Workshop (Las Vegas, NV); and Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholar (Vancouver).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, ulcerative colitis, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastrostomy, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Elliot Arons practices adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and alcohol abuse. Dr. Arons's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arons has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors and Carnegie Mellon University Protein Filament Prize. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and Mount Sinai Roosevelt.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Kimberley Ann Chien, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Kimberley Chien's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Chien (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chien include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and a graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center's residency program. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. Dr. Chien has received the following distinctions: Invited Participant Cornerstones IBD Excel Program and Invited Participant, NASPGHAN Nutrition University.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, intestinal (bowel) problems, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Pain, Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Nutrition Issues, Abdominal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Reem Sharaiha's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sharaiha attended St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatic cyst, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharaiha takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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 professionally 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. Christine L Frissora-Rodeo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
525 E 68th Street; # J-314
New York, NY
 

Dr. Christine Frissora-Rodeo works as an adult gastroenterologist in New York, NY. Dr. Frissora-Rodeo's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: diarrhea, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Frissora-Rodeo accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. Before completing her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Frissora-Rodeo attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thomas Ciecierega is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ciecierega include polypectomy (polyp removal), esophageal motility disorders, and celiac disease. He is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Poznan University of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at Goryeb Children's Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Graduated Magna Cum Laude Certificate of Excellence for Highest GPA in Biology. Dr. Ciecierega (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is professionally 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)

Dr. Arun Benjamin Jesudian, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Arun Jesudian works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Jesudian include hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He is affiliated with MedStar Health and Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Jesudian's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vinita Jacob is an adult gastroenterology specialist in New York, NY. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Jacob include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. She takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency 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 is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Jacob is professionally 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

Dr. Prithwijit Patrick Basu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
525 E 68th Street; Box 130
New York, NY
 

Dr. Prithwijit Basu's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Dr. Basu has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and hepatitis C. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Weill Cornell Medicine, and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Basu accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Nil Ratan Sarkar Medical College. His training includes residency programs at Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Downtown Hospital. Dr. Basu (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Liver Transplant, Irritable 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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