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We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry Silver near Wilkes Barre, PA.

Dr. William John Cochran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
175 S Wilkes Barre Boulevard
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. William Cochran is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Danville, PA, Hampden Township, PA, and Altoona, PA. Dr. Cochran's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cochran completed a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. He is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Liver Disease, Obesity, Malnutrition, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux

Dr. Athar Altaf, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1000 East Mountain Boulevard
Wilkes-barre, PA
 

Dr. Athar Altaf is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Altaf (or staff) speaks Urdu. His areas of expertise include colorectal cancer screening. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger. He is a graduate of the University of the Punjab and Allama Iqbal Medical College and a graduate of Highland Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Altaf has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Dean Richard Focht III, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
166 Hanover Street; Suite 105
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Dean Focht is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in East Stroudsburg, PA, Wilkes Barre, PA, and Danville, PA. His clinical interests encompass obesity, eosinophilic esophagitis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Focht is professionally affiliated with Geisinger. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Focht is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Obesity, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Duane Eric Deivert, DO
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Hospital Medicine
675 Baltimore Drive
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Duane Deivert is a gastroenterology (digestive system) and hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. Dr. Deivert has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is affiliated with Geisinger. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Geisinger Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal Cancer, ERCP

Dr. Martin Gerard Maksimak, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
190 Welles Street; Suite 122
Forty Fort, PA
 

Dr. Martin Maksimak practices pediatric gastroenterology in Danville, PA, Forty Fort, PA, and Scranton, PA. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maksimak is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Cecilia Yoana Canto Alarcon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1000 E Mountain Boulevard
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Cecilia Helwig is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). She works in Danville, PA and Wilkes Barre, PA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Helwig at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include hearing loss, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and vascular malformations. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile, Dr. Helwig attended the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Helwig is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ear Infection, Allergies, Vascular Malformations, Sinus Problems, Voice Disorders, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kyo Ung Chu, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
1000 E. Mountain Boulevard
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Kyo Chu is a specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery). The average patient rating for Dr. Chu is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid cancer, solid tumor, and abdominal surgery. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chu honors. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chu trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In addition to English, he speaks Korean. Dr. Chu is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Tumor, Breast Biopsy, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon Damon Gabrielsen, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
675 Baltimore Drive
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Jon Gabrielsen's medical specialty is bariatric surgery. Dr. Gabrielsen's clinical interests include heartburn, cancer, and endoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Dr. Gabrielsen's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia

All Interests: Achalasia, Heartburn, Endoscopic Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jacqueline Ji-Eun Lee, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
1000 E Mountain Boulevard
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Jacqueline Lee works as a thoracic surgeon. Dr. Lee obtained Dr. Lee's medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed Dr. Lee's residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Lee has indicated that Dr. Lee's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and esophageal motility disorders. Dr. Lee is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by Dr. Lee's patients. Dr. Lee is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Lee speaks Korean. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Geisinger. Unfortunately, Dr. Lee is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, esophageal motility disorders, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Tumor, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paula Ronjon, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1000 E Mountain Boulevard
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Paula Ronjon specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Wilkes Barre, PA. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ronjon include cancer. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ronjon takes. She is a graduate of Dhaka Medical College. Dr. Ronjon's residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Ronjon (or staff) speaks Urdu, Bengali, and Hindi. Dr. Ronjon is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal Problems, Cancer

Dr. Anthony Thomas Petrick, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology
675 Baltimore Drive
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Anthony Petrick specializes in bariatric surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Scranton, PA, Danville, PA, and Camp Hill, PA. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Petrick's areas of expertise consist of heartburn, cancer, and endoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, achalasia

All Interests: Achalasia, Heartburn, Endoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cancer, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Franceschelli Franceschelli, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
25 Church Street
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Jennifer Franceschelli works as an internist and pediatrician in Danville, PA, Wilkes Barre, PA, and Camp Hill, PA. Dr. Franceschelli attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at Geisinger Medical Center. Her clinical interests encompass weight management and nutrition issues. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Franceschelli is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Geisinger Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Weight Management, Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Jila Kaberi-Otarod, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
675 Baltimore Drive
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Jila Kaberi-Otarod practices general internal medicine in Scranton, PA, Wilkes Barre, PA, and Danville, PA. Dr. Kaberi-Otarod's education and training includes medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Kaberi-Otarod average 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaberi-Otarod (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Kurdish and Persian. Dr. Kaberi-Otarod is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), malabsorption

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Weight Management, Gastrointestinal Problems, Malabsorption

Dr. Arthur N Meyer, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
401 3rd Avenue
Kingston, PA
 

Dr. Arthur Meyer specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Meyer include cancer. Patients gave Dr. Meyer an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Meyer accepts. He is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Tumor, Gynecologic Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Doubet Still, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
675 Baltimore Drive
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Still's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Still has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Still is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Gastrointestinal Problems, Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity

Dr. Christopher Jerome Buzas, DO
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1000 East Mountain Boulevard
Wilkes Barre, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Buzas sees patients in Wilkes Barre, PA, Hazleton, PA, and Danville, PA. His medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of diverticular disease, cancer, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Buzas honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center. He is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Hemorrhoids, Cancer, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

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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.