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

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Dr. Philip O Katz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1315 York Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Philip Katz's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Katz include esophageal motility disorders, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and acid reflux (GERD). He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Katz attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Katz's training includes a residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal motility disorders, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5 E 98th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ashish Atreja is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Atreja include colon polypectomy, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Atreja honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Atreja is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His distinctions include: Nominated as Editor for Online Education at American Gastroenterology Association (AGA); Nominated for the top ten papers (distinguished papers); and Recipient of National Delta Omega Awards for excellence in Public Health, Chicago, IL. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital.

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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 areas of specialization are pediatric surgery and oncology (cancer care). Dr. Shlasko's clinical interests include groin hernia, pyloric stenosis, and colectomy (colon resection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, and Mount Sinai Medical Center (Florida). He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Shlasko's distinctions include: 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, Hirschsprung 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 colon and rectal surgeon in New York, NY. Dr. Kiran's areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, anal fistula, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Osmania Medical College, he performed his residency at St. Mary's Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kiran has received include 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 professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
Mount Sinai Queens Ambulatory Pavilion; 25-20 30th Avenue, 5th Floor
Astoria, NY
 

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's professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital. He honors POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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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 specialist in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of expertise for Dr. Ongchin include cancer surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and stomach cancer. Dr. Ongchin takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Ongchin's distinctions 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 professionally 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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