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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
2050 West Chester Pike; Suite 200
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Scott Fink works as a gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fink include barrett's esophagus, crohn's disease, and colonoscopy. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fink's education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Fink is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Cirrhosis, Esophageal Manometry, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Esophagus ... (Read more)

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Dr. Oscar E Laborda, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1088 W Baltimore Pike; Suite 2407
Media, PA
 

Dr. Oscar Laborda sees patients in Media, PA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. For his professional training, Dr. Laborda completed residency programs at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, and Boston VA Medical Center. His areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, peptic ulcer, and celiac disease. Dr. Laborda is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Laborda is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, celiac disease, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Swallowing ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2050 West Chester Pike; Suite 200
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Marc Zitin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lankenau Medical Center. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, crohn's disease, and colon polyps. Dr. Zitin honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Zitin is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Esophageal Manometry, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2050 West Chester Pike; Suite 100
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Victor Fishman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, crohn's disease, and colon polyps. He is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Fishman attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Fishman is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1088 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Hospital, Hcc Ii, Suite 2407
Media, PA
 

Dr. Jacques Khoury practices adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoury include diverticular disease, peptic ulcer, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Khoury attended medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. His medical residency was performed at Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Khoury is affiliated with Riddle Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, peptic ulcer, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Giancarlo Mercogliano, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2050 West Chester Pike; Suite 200
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Giancarlo Mercogliano works as a gastroenterologist. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Mercogliano performed his residency at Lankenau Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, barrett's esophagus, and hiatal hernia. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Mercogliano is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Italian. He is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Mercogliano is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Esophageal Manometry, Hiatal Hernia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas J Mc Kenna, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3855 West Chester Pike; Mlh Center In Newtown Square, Suite 250
Newtown Square, PA
 

Dr. Thomas McKenna's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. McKenna's clinical interests include diverticular disease, barrett's esophagus, and celiac disease. Dr. McKenna is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. McKenna is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. Dr. McKenna is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. McKenna's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, celiac disease, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Liver ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2050 West Chester Pike; Suite 200
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Gary Newman sees patients in Wynnewood, PA and Havertown, PA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Newman's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, crohn's disease, and colon polyps. He is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Newman honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Yolanda Denise Heman-Ackah, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2010 West Chester Pike; Mob Wellness Center Ii, Suite 212
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Yolanda Heman-Ackah sees patients in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Havertown, PA. Her medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Heman-Ackah include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and asthma. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Heman-Ackah takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Heman-Ackah attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Heman-Ackah is conversant in French. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System and Lankenau Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Deviated Septum, Sleep Problems, Hoarseness, Stroboscopy, Tracheostomy, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Michael Ardito, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Other, Otolaryngology
3855 West Chester Pike; Suite 245, Pinnacle Ent Associates, Head & Neck Division - Newtown .
Newtown Square, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Ardito specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Ardito is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Ardito's hospital/clinic affiliations include Main Line Health and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Hoarseness, Chin Surgery, Otoplasty, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. David Avery Bottger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
3855 West Chester Pike; Suite 230
Newtown Square, PA
 

Dr. David Bottger works as a plastic surgeon and general surgeon in Newtown Square, PA and Havertown, PA. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, psoriasis, and deviated septum. Dr. Bottger's hospital/clinic affiliations include Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bottger takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Plastic Surgery, Main Line Today. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Butt Augmentation, Lip ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
One Medical Center Boulevard; Suite 241
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Mary Patton specializes in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) and practices in Chester, PA, Upland, PA, and Glen Mills, PA. Dr. Patton has a special interest in sigmoidoscopy, breast cancer surgery, and gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction). She is affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Patton welcomes new patients. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Her distinctions include: "Top Doctors" in General Surgery, Main Line Today and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Breast Issues, Colectomy, Burns, Colon Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Skin Cancer, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
196 West Sproul Road, Medical Office Pavilion; Suite 106
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Raymond Vivacqua's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Associates in Hematology/Oncology, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Vivacqua honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: "Top Doctor" in Oncology, Main Line Today and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Vivacqua has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1098 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 3, Suite 3411
Media, PA
 

Dr. Hassan Vakil works as a general surgeon and chest surgeon in Media, PA. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Allegheny General Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Vakil has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctors" in General Surgery, Main Line Today. He is affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Vakil is open to new patients.

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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, Abdominal ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth John Boyd, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1088 W Baltimore Pike; Suite 2101
Media, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Boyd is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Media, PA and West Chester, PA. Dr. Boyd's areas of clinical interest consist of colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Boyd's distinctions include: "Top Doctor" in Colon and Rectal Surgery and Philadelphia magazine. His professional affiliations include Riddle Hospital, Chester County Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Samir Parikh's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: sigmoidoscopy, rectal cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His professional affiliations include Riddle Hospital, Chester County Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Parikh's education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at York Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Parikh has received the following distinction: Published research in Radiation Proctitis. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Colectomy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, ... (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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