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We found 7 gastroenterologists who accept Aetna Silver HMO near Lancaster, PA.

Dr. Maarouf Ahmad Hoteit, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Maarouf Hoteit is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hoteit include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hoteit honors. Dr. Hoteit attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Clinical interests: Ascites, Cirrhosis, Gallbladder Cancer, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kuchikulla Rajender Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Kuchikala Reddy is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Reddy's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at Osmania Medical College, he performed his residency at Misericordia Hospital, New York. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Ascites, Cirrhosis, Gallbladder Cancer, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly Autumn Forde, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Kimberly Forde's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Forde include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Forde attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis C, Tumor, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Seth Goldberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. David Goldberg specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Goldberg's areas of expertise include liver transplant. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Goldberg trained at Columbia University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hypertension

Dr. Christine Cho-Shing Hsu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Christine Hsu's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise include hepatitis, liver tumor, and encephalopathy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hsu accepts. Before completing her residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Hsu attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Hsu (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Transplant Procedures, Stenosis, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Vandana Khungar, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Vandana Khungar is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver tumor. Dr. Khungar is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khungar's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Marina Serper, MS, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Marina Serper specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system) and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA. In her practice, Dr. Serper focuses on hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and hemochromatosis. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Serper takes. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis C, Hemochromatosis, Iron Overload, Hepatitis B

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.