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We found 15 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Silver HMO near Glen Mills, PA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Kennedy's medical residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Janice Kelly's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and malnutrition. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly honors. Dr. Kelly graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Best Docs; Main Line Today Magazine; and Great Docs for Kids, Main Line Today Magazine. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, Crohn's disease, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Chris Liacouras is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Liacouras include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Liacouras obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Cystic Fibrosis Grant for Clinical Medicine; Harvard Anatomy Award; and Delaware Valley Academic Award.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, small bowel atresia, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Edisio Semeao sees patients in Chalfont, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: achalasia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Semeao is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Semeao attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has received distinctions including Pediatric Scholar, University of Connecticut, School of Medicine; Family Medicine Student Fellowship; and Summa Cum Laude Graduate.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Asim Maqbool practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Maqbool is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Michigan's residency program. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Maqbool has received include Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Fellow Faculty Honor Roll. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, ulcerative colitis, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth John Boyd, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1088 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 2, Suite 2101
Media, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Boyd's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Boyd's hospital/clinic affiliations include Penn Medicine, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Boyd is open to new patients. He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. His medical residency was performed at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Boyd has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors; "Top Doctor" in Colon and Rectal Surgery; and Philadelphia magazine.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Colon Problems, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Shirley Shiiuh-Leei Shih, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1088 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 2, Suite 2101
Media, PA
 

Dr. Shirley Shih works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Shih average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shih include colorectal surgery procedures, diverticular disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Shih's professional affiliations include Penn Medicine, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, Dr. Shih completed her residency training at George Washington University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal problems

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Rectal Problems, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
300 Evergreen Drive; Suite 320
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Mary Patton is a general surgeon and intensivist. Dr. Patton is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. She has received the following distinctions: "Top Doctors" in General Surgery, Main Line Today and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Patton's hospital/clinic affiliations include Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Breast Issues, Burns, Colon Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gallbladder Problems, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Samir Nalin Parikh, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1088 W. Baltimore Pike; Suite 2101
Media, PA
 

Dr. Samir Parikh is a specialist in colon & rectal surgery. He works in Media, PA and West Chester, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Parikh include colorectal surgery procedures and rectal cancer. Dr. Parikh is affiliated with Penn Medicine, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Parikh is a graduate of Albany Medical College. He trained at York Hospital for residency. Dr. Parikh has received the distinction of Published research in Radiation Proctitis.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectal Cancer

Dr. Marc Richard Toglia, MD
Specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecology
1098 W. Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 3, Suite 3404
Media, PA
 

Dr. Marc Toglia, who practices in Media, PA and Paoli, PA, is a medical specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and gynecology. Dr. Toglia has a special interest in pelvic reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and pelvic prolapse. He is affiliated with Paoli Hospital. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: TOP DOCTOR - Urogynecology Philadelphia Magazine2013; TOP DOCTOR - Urogynecologist U.S. News & World Report; and TOP DOCTOR - Urogynecologist Main Line Today Magazine - December. Dr. Toglia has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence

All Interests: Urinary Incontinence, Biofeedback, Fecal Incontinence, Reconstructive Surgery, Urodynamics, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1098 W Baltimore Pike; Suite 3411
Media, PA
 

Dr. Hassan Vakil, who practices in Media, PA, is a medical specialist in general surgery and thoracic surgery. His professional affiliations include Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Vakil takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Vakil studied medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He completed his residency training at Allegheny General Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital. He has received the distinction of "Top Doctors" in General Surgery, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, small intestine disorders, colon problems

All Interests: Breast Issues, Wounds, Small Intestine Disorders, Colon Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Heart ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
500 Evergreen Drive; Suite G3
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Raymond Vivacqua's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Upland, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Newtown Square, PA. Dr. Vivacqua graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Vivacqua completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Vivacqua's distinctions include: "Top Doctor" in Oncology, Main Line Today and Philadelphia Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Associates in Hematology/Oncology, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Biopsy, Cancer Prevention, Colon Problems, Sarcoma, Bone Problems, Liver Disease, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3855 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA
 

Dr. Peter Ennis is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Ennis's clinical interests: lung cancer, colon cancer, and bone marrow biopsy. His professional affiliations include Bryn Mawr Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ennis takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Ennis obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Oncology, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thrombophilia

Dr. Michael James Walker, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery
1098 W. Baltimore Pike; Riddle Hospital Health Center 3, Suite 3
Media, PA
 

Dr. Michael Walker is a medical specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and thoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive procedures and esophagectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Walker takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Walker's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Walker trained at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; TOP DOCTOR - Thoracic Surgery U.S. News & World Report; and TOP DOCTOR - Thoracic Surgery Philadelphia Magazine2008.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Mediastinal Disease, Esophagus Problems, Esophagectomy, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Peter Mattei is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. His training includes residency programs at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In Dr. Mattei's practice, he is particularly interested in cancer surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and da vinci surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Humanitarian of the Year presented by the Columbus Forum, Lodge; and The Sons of Italy, Philadelphia. Dr. Mattei's professional affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , 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.