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

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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. Her areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Forde honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, Dr. Forde completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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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)

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

Dr. Maarouf Hoteit specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. Dr. Hoteit accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hoteit trained at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Hoteit is 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. Christine Cho-Shing Hsu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; Comprehensive Care Center, 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Christine Hsu is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Hsu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Her areas of expertise include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver tumor, and encephalopathy. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Hsu accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Transplant Procedures, Stenosis, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Liver ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kuchikula Reddy specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended Osmania Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Misericordia Hospital, New York. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. Dr. Reddy accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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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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. 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. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Khungar's residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center. Her clinical interests include esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver tumor. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Khungar is professionally 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 area of specialization is plastic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Serletti include dermabrasion, deviated septum, and gender reassignment (sex change) surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Serletti is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at Strong Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Serletti has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue from 2006 - 2008, and 2009 - 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). 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 works as a transplant surgeon. He attended medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Hadassah University Medical Center. Dr. Shaked is especially interested in cancer surgery, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), and liver cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. 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. He speaks Hebrew. He is professionally 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, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Liver 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 physician who specializes in transplant surgery. Her areas of clinical interest consist of cancer surgery, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), and liver cancer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Olthoff accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Olthoff attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Olthoff has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2006 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14.

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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 medical specialty is transplant surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Abt include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), laparoscopic splenectomy, and inguinal hernia. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Abt is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abt attended Dartmouth Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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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