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We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near New York, NY.

Ashish Atreja MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5 E 98th Street
New York, NY
(212) 241-8100; (212) 241-4299

Dr. Ashish Atreja is a New York, NY physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Atreja average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Atreja include colon polypectomy, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Atreja honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Atreja 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, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, short bowel syndrome, colon polyps, malabsorption, colorectal cancer, constipation

All Interests: Antibiotic-Associated Colitis-C Difficile, Celiac Disease, Colon Polypectomy, Colon Polyps, ... (Read more)

Edward Shlasko MD, MBA
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
New York, NY
(212) 639-5954; (212) 639-7002

Dr. Edward Shlasko practices pediatric surgery and general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Shlasko include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), groin hernia, and pyloric stenosis. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, and the University of Rochester Medical Center. He takes POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his professional training, Dr. Shlasko completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Shlasko has received distinctions including 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.

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Pediatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Sarcomas, Rhabdomyosarcoma, ... (Read more)

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Pokala Ravi Kiran MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY
(212) 342-1155; (212) 342-1161

Dr. Pokala Kiran specializes in colon & rectal surgery and practices in New York, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Kiran include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He accepts Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Osmania Medical College. His residency was performed at St. Mary's Hospital. He 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. In addition to English, Dr. Kiran (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Kiran's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Surgery, Anal Fissure and Fistula, Sphincter Sparing ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery
530 1st Avenue; Suite 7V
New York, NY
(646) 501-0584

Dr. Feza Remzi is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Remzi average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Remzi's clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He attended Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. Dr. Remzi has received the following distinction: Cleveland Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, colon problems, rectal problems, rectal abscess, hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), rectal prolapse, colitis

All Interests: Pediatric Total Abdominal Colectomy, Rectal Surgery, cancer and polyps of the colon and rectum, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric David Edwards MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5 E 98th Street; 15th Floor Department of Surgery
New York, NY
(212) 824-2350; (212) 241-5308

Dr. Eric Edwards is a physician who specializes in bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), colectomy (colon resection), and colon cancer. Dr. Edwards is an in-network provider for POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Edwards attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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

All Interests: Abdominal Hernia, Adrenalectomy, Antireflux Surgery, Appendicitis, Bariatric Revision Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melanie Cokee Ongchin MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery), General Surgery
156 William Street
New York, NY
(646) 962-5121; (646) 962-5131

Dr. Melanie Ongchin's specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of expertise for Dr. Ongchin include cancer surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and stomach cancer. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Carcinoma, Gastric Cancer, General Surgery, Liver ... (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.