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We found 201 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Healthfirst near Brooklyn, NY.

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

Dr. Adam Steinlauf is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Steinlauf's clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. Coresource, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Steinlauf honors. Dr. Steinlauf obtained Dr. Steinlauf's medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and 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. In addition to English, Dr. Steinlauf speaks Spanish. Dr. Steinlauf is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Steinlauf has an open panel.

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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. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ciecierega include gastrointestinal bleeding, polypectomy (polyp removal), and esophageal motility disorders. Dr. Ciecierega is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Poznan University of Medical Sciences and residency at Goryeb Children's Hospital. His distinctions 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.

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

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Botox ... (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 is a gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: second opinions, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Dr. Santogade accepts Amerigroup, Medicaid Managed Care, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Santogade is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He has an open panel.

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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, Hepatitis, Colon Polyps, Heartburn, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Ulcerative ... (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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Gress is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include stent placement (stenting), cryotherapy, and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Gress accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His distinctions include: Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology; Fellow, American College of Physicians; and Fellow, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Dr. Gress (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Herbert Irving Pavilion and ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Gress welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Tumor, Pancreatic Cysts, Pancreatic Cancer, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal ... (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 is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist in New York, NY. Dr. Crespin's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Crespin include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Aetna Medicare, and more. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Crespin (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Crespin is professionally affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Crespin has an open panel.

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

Dr. Michel Kahaleh practices adult gastroenterology in New York, NY and Charlottesville, NY. His clinical interests include stomach tumor, stent placement (stenting), and cryotherapy. Dr. Kahaleh is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. After completing medical school at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Dr. Kahaleh performed his residency 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, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Interventional ... (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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in New York, NY. She graduated from New York Medical College. Dr. Scherl's residency was performed at Beth Israel Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scherl accepts. Her distinctions include: New York Super Doctors; One of America's Top Doctors; and Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors. Dr. Scherl (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

Dr. Vinita Jacob is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She is a graduate of Albany Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for her residency. In Dr. Jacob's practice, she is particularly interested in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Jacob's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Jacob V and Scherl E, Bosworth B, Stevens L, Brown R, DeFilippis E, Warren R, Harbus M. Dr. Jacob is conversant in Spanish. She 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

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

Dr. Elliot Arons is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and alcohol abuse. Patient ratings for Dr. Arons average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arons takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Dr. Arons graduated from New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. His distinctions include: New York Super Doctors and Carnegie Mellon University Protein Filament Prize. He is 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

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Maltz (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Yiddish. In Dr. Maltz's practice, he is particularly interested in second opinions, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Mount Sinai Medical Center's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Maltz is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: New York Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa; and Alpha Omega Alpha Sigma Xi.

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

Dr. James Park is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He works in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis C, liver cancer, and hepatitis B. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Park honors. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Rising Stars. Dr. Park speaks Korean. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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

Dr. Arun Jesudian works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Dr. Jesudian is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Weill Cornell Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Jesudian studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Jesudian completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Reem Sharaiha's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sharaiha include gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatic cysts, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Dr. Sharaiha's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. She studied medicine at St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Sharaiha has received the following distinctions: 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. Sam Weissman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
202 Foster Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Sam Weissman is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Weissman has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Weissman include ulcers, anemia, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Dr. Weissman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition to English, 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. David Wenhan Wan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1305 York Avenue; Floor 4
New York, NY
 

Dr. David Wan's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Wan is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wan include gastrointestinal bleeding, hepatitis, and colonoscopy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wan include: Sigma Xi; Glorney-Raisbeck Grant; and AASLD Travel Grant. Dr. Wan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. He is professionally 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. Babu S Bangaru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
530 1st Avenue; Suite 3a
New York, NY
 

Dr. Babu Bangaru's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bangaru's clinical interests include diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Winthrop-University Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bangaru graduated from Andhra Medical College and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Bangaru (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulcers, ... (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.