We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near New York, NY.

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Dr. Ashish Atreja, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5 E 98th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ashish Atreja's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Atreja is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Sinai Health System. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Atreja studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He has received professional recognition including the following: Nominated as Editor for Online Education at American Gastroenterology Association (AGA); 18th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Fl,2008 Awarded fellowship (FACP); and Nominated for the top ten papers (distinguished papers).

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, peptic ulcer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, short bowel syndrome, colon polyps, malabsorption, colorectal cancer, constipation

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Edward Shlasko
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, Oncology
1275 York Avenue; Between 67th and 68th Streets
New York, NY
 

Dr. Edward Shlasko's medical specialty is pediatric surgery and oncology (cancer care). These areas are among his clinical interests: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), groin hernia, and pyloric stenosis. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shlasko takes. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors; Best Doctors in New York New York Magazine/Castle Connolly; and Arthur H. Aufses, Sr. Prize in Surgery The Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, and Mount Sinai Medical Center (Florida). Dr. Shlasko's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Rhabdomyosarcoma, Pyloric Stenosis, Colectomy, Hernia Surgery, Sarcoma, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Pokala Ravi Kiran, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Pokala Kiran is a specialist in colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kiran honors. He graduated from Osmania Medical College and then he performed his residency at St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Kiran has received professional recognition including the following: One of America's Top Doctors; Best Doctors in Cleveland; and ASCRS Traveling Fellow, Teacher of the Year in Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kiran (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anal fissures, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric David Edwards, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
Mount Sinai Queens Ambulatory Pavilion; 25-20 30th Avenue, 5th Floor
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Eric Edwards specializes in bariatric surgery. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Edwards completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Edwards's areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), colectomy (colon resection), and colon cancer. He accepts POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System. Dr. Edwards has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colorectal problems, peptic ulcer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, small bowel obstruction, appendicitis

All Interests: Pheochromocytoma, Appendicitis, Diverticular Disease, Appendectomy, Colectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melanie Cokee Ongchin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
156 William Street; 12th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Melanie Ongchin is a physician who specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Ongchin attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Her areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and stomach cancer. She is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ongchin include: Administrative fellow for the Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Pittsburgh; Nominated for the Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award; and 1 st Place Oral Presentation, University at Buffalo Department of Surgery Research Day. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Sarcoma, Gastrointestinal ... (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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