We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Silver HMO near Lancaster, PA.

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

Dr. Maarouf Hoteit is an adult gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hoteit accepts. He attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Hoteit is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All 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 specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Forde attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For her professional training, Dr. Forde completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, anal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Tumor, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Anal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Kuchikala Reddy is an adult gastroenterology specialist in West Chester, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Lancaster, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy accepts. Dr. Reddy obtained his medical school training at Osmania Medical College and performed his residency at Misericordia Hospital, New York. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reddy include: 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. Dr. Reddy is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Ascites, Cirrhosis, Gallbladder Cancer, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Christine Hsu works as an adult gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Hsu include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver tumor, and encephalopathy. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu obtained her medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Hsu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Khungar's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver tumor. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Khungar is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

Dr. Joseph Michael Serletti, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Insurances Accepted; B. Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery - N Duke Street
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Serletti's medical specialty is plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include dermabrasion, deviated septum, and botox injection. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Serletti is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Serletti completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue from 2006 - 2008, and 2009 - 2016; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Serletti has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Deviated Septum, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Breast Reconstruction with Flap ... (Read more)

Dr. Abraham Shaked, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Abraham Shaked is a specialist in transplant surgery. He speaks Hebrew. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shaked include cancer surgery, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), and liver cancer. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). After attending The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Hadassah University Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Shaked has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kim Marie Olthoff, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Kim Olthoff is a transplant surgery specialist. Dr. Olthoff's clinical interests include cancer surgery, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), and liver cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Olthoff honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She 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, 2013-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hepatectomy, Liver Cancer, Bile ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Lawrence Abt, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Peter Abt's specialty is transplant surgery. Dr. Abt's areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), inguinal hernia, and inguinal hernia repair. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Dartmouth Medical School and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Abt is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Liver Tumor, Stenosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, ... (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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