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We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and 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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Hoteit takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach 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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Forde include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, she completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Forde is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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

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

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

Dr. Kuchikala Reddy is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He works in Philadelphia, PA, Lancaster, PA, and West Chester, PA. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Reddy is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Reddy completed a residency program at Misericordia Hospital, New York. Dr. Reddy has received professional recognition including the following: 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.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. Hsu's clinical interests include hepatitis, liver tumor, and encephalopathy. Dr. Hsu takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Hsu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Khungar include esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver tumor. Dr. Khungar is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She obtained her medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver ... (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 works as a transplant surgeon. Dr. Shaked has a special interest in cancer surgery, bile duct cancer, and liver cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Hadassah University Medical Center, Dr. Shaked attended medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shaked 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. He speaks Hebrew. Dr. Shaked is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, 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's specialty is transplant surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Olthoff include cancer surgery, bile duct cancer, 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). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Olthoff attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Olthoff has received professional recognition including the following: 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, Liver Resection, Liver Cancer, ... (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 specializes in transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abt include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), inguinal hernia, and inguinal hernia repair. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical Center's residency program. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Abt's professional affiliations include 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: , liver cancer

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Liver Tumor, Stenosis, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, ... (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.