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Dr. Gary Dean Dean Wu, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, South Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Wu works as a gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease and endoscopy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wu takes. Dr. Wu graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Kashyap V Panganamamula, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kashyap Panganamamula is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to English, Dr. Panganamamula (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Panganamamula include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and achalasia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After completing medical school at Osmania Medical College, he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital and Nizam's Insitute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Panganamamula takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

All Interests: Achalasia, Stenosis, Enteroscopy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Upper ... (Read more)

Dr. Immanuel King Hang Ho, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Immanuel Ho's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ho speaks Cantonese. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and interventional endoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Ho obtained his medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ho include: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2013-2016 and Recognized by Main Line Magazine 's Pennsylvania's Top Doctors 2009-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal cancer, ulcerative colitis, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Interventional Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary Warren Falk, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Pcam, South Pavilion; Floor 4
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Falk practices adult gastroenterology in Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Before completing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Falk attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Falk has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2002-present and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, esophageal spasm, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophagitis, Esophageal Spasm, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. Maarouf Ahmad Hoteit, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Maarouf Hoteit is an adult gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoteit include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Hoteit honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, he 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, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

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

Dr. Gregory Gerard Ginsberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Ginsberg's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Ginsberg's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and interventional endoscopy. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ginsberg 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. His professional 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, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary Roth Lichtenstein, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Lichtenstein's medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Lichtenstein is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Lichtenstein accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of Duke University Medical Center's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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, 2013-2014. Dr. Lichtenstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Faten Nureddin Aberra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Faten Aberra is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Aberra honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Aberra obtained her medical school training at Dartmouth Medical School and performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, she speaks Tigrinya. She 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, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Lee Kochman, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
1 Convention Avenue; 9 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Kochman is a specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). These areas are among Dr. Kochman's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and interventional endoscopy. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kochman honors. Dr. Kochman has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue from 2002, 2007 - 2009, and 2011 - 2016.

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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, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. John Patrick Lynch, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
415 Curie Boulevard; 600 Crb
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Lynch works as a gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lynch include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Lynch takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lynch attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopy

Dr. Nuzhat Aziz Ahmad, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; South Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nuzhat Ahmad is an adult gastroenterology specialist. She studied medicine at Dow Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Ahmad trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Ahmad's areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Ahmad honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. 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, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly Autumn Forde, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kimberly Forde sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA. Her medical specialty 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Forde is affiliated with 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)

Dr. Anil Kumar Rustgi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, South Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Anil Rustgi's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, gallbladder cancer, and rectal cancer. Dr. Rustgi is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rustgi completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has received distinctions including Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Rustgi 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: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. James Charles Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
219 N Broad Street, The Arnold T. Berman, Md Building; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Reynolds specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Reynolds completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reynolds has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, diverticular disease, achalasia, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon problems, intestinal (bowel) problems, colon polyps, constipation, colitis

All Interests: Achalasia, Colitis, Esophagitis, Abdominal Problems, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Lawrence Jaffe, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, South Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Jaffe works as a gastroenterologist. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Jaffe's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and interventional endoscopy. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Jaffe has received include Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012; Recognized by Suburban Life magazine's "Top Physicians 2010" issue; and Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2015-2016. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, 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, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Octavia Evette Pickett-Blakely, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; South Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Octavia Pickett-Blakely sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Pickett-Blakely's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anemia. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Dr. Pickett-Blakely attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She 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, celiac disease, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, short bowel syndrome, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal ... (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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