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We found 59 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield near New York, NY.

Dr. Jonathan Oren Cohen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Infectious Disease
233 Broadway; Suite 840
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jonathan Cohen is a gastroenterologist and adult infectious disease specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cohen include esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, and pancreatic cysts. Dr. Cohen is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Cohen attended Harvard Medical School and Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohen has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors; Kinyoun Award, NIAID; and NIH Merit Award, Natl Inst of Health.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

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Dr. Alex Sherman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
233 Broadway; Suite 840
New York, NY
 

Dr. Alex Sherman is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Sherman is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Sherman graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sherman trained at Jacobi Medical Center. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sherman takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Liver Disease, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Lawrence Louis Herman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
121 East 60th Street; Suite 9b
New York, NY
 

Dr. Lawrence Herman is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Herman include gastrointestinal cancer. Patients rated Dr. Herman highly, giving Dr. Herman an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Herman is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Herman is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Herman trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3 East 71 Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jay Katzman's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Katzman include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Katzman is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Viant, and more. Dr. Katzman attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital, St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon polyps

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Endoscopic Surgery, Upper Endoscopy, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hal Jeffrey Freiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
59 West 12th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hal Freiman practices adult gastroenterology in New York, NY. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Freiman's areas of expertise include cancer, gallbladder problems, and liver disease. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Freiman studied medicine at Albany Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Colon Polyps, Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth Marc Miller, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
311 East 79th Street; Suite A
New York, NY
 

Dr. Kenneth Miller, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Miller is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: colon polypectomy, crohn's disease, and small bowel obstruction. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Miller speaks Spanish. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small bowel obstruction, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Bowel Obstruction, Upper ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Karl Bednarek's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Bednarek has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Coresource, Amerigroup, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bednarek honors. Dr. Bednarek's education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Bednarek (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Sign Language, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Beth Israel Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Babu S Bangaru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
530 1st Avenue; Suite 3a
New York, NY
 

Dr. Babu Bangaru works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. Dr. Bangaru's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Bangaru attended Andhra Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Bangaru (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Winthrop-University Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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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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Dr. Gary Seth Gettenberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
9413 Flatlands Avenue; Suite 101e
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Gary Gettenberg is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Gettenberg is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and stomach problems. Dr. Gettenberg accepts Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Gettenberg (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and Chinese. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Brooklyn Gastroenterology Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, diverticular disease, colon cancer, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulcers, Swallowing ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony J Ng, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
139 Centre Street; Suite 609
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Ng, who practices in New York, NY and Flushing, NY, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ng include gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, and inflammatory bowel disease. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Ng is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Joseph Alpert, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
345 E 37 Street; Suite 308
New York, NY
 

Dr. Daniel Alpert is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Alpert is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He has a special interest in esophageal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, Vytra, and more. Dr. Alpert has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Liver Disease, Esophageal Cancer, Colonoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

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Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
530 1st Avenue; Suite 4c
New York, NY
 

Dr. Lisa Ganjhu practices adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) in New York, NY. Dr. Ganjhu's areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis C, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis B. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ganjhu at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ganjhu accepts. Dr. Ganjhu graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ganjhu (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Ganjhu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai Roosevelt and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Liver Cancer, Upper ... (Read more)

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Dr. Kadirawelpillai Iswara, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4802 10th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Kadirawel Iswara is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Iswara (or staff) speaks Spanish, Russian, and Tamil. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and gallstones. He is professionally affiliated with Coney Island Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, and Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC). He studied medicine at the University of Ceylon and the University of Peradeniya Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Iswara's residency was performed at Coney Island Hospital and James J. Peters VA Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Stent Placement, Liver Disease, Stomach Problems, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Greene Avenue; Suite 2f
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Jahid Ahamed's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended MAG Osmani Medical College, Sylhet and then went on to complete his residency at Interfaith Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, hepatitis, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Ahamed is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst. Dr. Ahamed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Bengali, and Hindi. Dr. Ahamed is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
156 William Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Chan is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Chan has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Chan focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Chan completed a residency program at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Chan is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Amy Rosanne Defelice, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3959 Broadway Bhn 702
New York, NY
 

Dr. Amy Defelice, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hiatal hernia. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, ColumbiaDoctors, and Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH). Dr. Defelice takes Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, Anthem, and more. Dr. Defelice's practice is open to new patients. She attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Dr. Defelice (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Hiatal Hernia, Feeding Tubes, Ulcers, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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.