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We found 44 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Platinum POS near Willow Grove, PA.

Dr. David Alan Sass, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1095 Rydal Road; Rydal Executive Plaza
Rydal, PA
 

Dr. David Sass practices adult gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Sass completed a residency program at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Sass's areas of expertise include achalasia, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Sass's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, achalasia, celiac disease, liver cancer, gastroparesis, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Achalasia, Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis Tokar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Tokar is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Tokar attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: barrett's esophagus and acid reflux (GERD). He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Aetna HSA. He has received the following distinction: Best Doctors in America. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Fox Chase Cancer Center and Jeanes Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Ultrasound with Fine Needle Aspiration, Radiofrequency ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Edward Moses, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
700 Cottman Avenue; Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Richard Moses is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Moses is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Metropolitan Hospital, Philadelphia. Dr. Moses's professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Jeanes Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1245 Highland Avenue, Suite 204; Price Medical Office Building
Abington, PA
 

Dr. Robert Baldassano's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include growth problems, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Baldassano is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Before completing his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Baldassano attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Baldassano takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Baldassano include: Fellows Faculty Honor Roll; Blockley-Osler Award; and Pediatric Resident Teaching Honor Roll.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, Crohn's disease, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1245 Highland Avenue, Suite 204; Price Medical Office Building
Abington, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy is a pediatric gastroenterologist. She attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Kennedy's residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Clinical interests for Dr. Kennedy include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Kennedy is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Paul Gelman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
700 Cottman Avenue; Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Bruce Gelman practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gelman's areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Jeanes Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1245 Highland Avenue, Suite 204; Price Medical Office Building
Abington, PA
 

Dr. Kristin Fiorino's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include growth problems, achalasia, and vomiting. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fiorino accepts. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Her distinctions include: Magna Cum Laude; Edward J. Boustein Distinguished Scholar; and Justice Louis D. Brandeis Scholar. Dr. Fiorino is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, vomiting, small intestine disorders, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Achalasia, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Growth Problems, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathy Diana Chen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 Old York Road; Suite 250
Jenkintown, PA
 

Dr. Kathy Chen is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in Philadelphia, PA and Jenkintown, PA. On average, patients gave Dr. Chen a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in pancreas problems and cystic fibrosis (CF). She is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Abington Health. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen takes. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Chen graduated from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Pancreas Problems, Food Allergy

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
700 Cottman Avenue; Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Corey Brotz practices adult gastroenterology in Philadelphia, PA. His areas of expertise consist of colorectal cancer, endoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Jeanes Hospital. Dr. Brotz graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colorectal Cancer, Endoscopy

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1245 Highland Avenue, Suite 204; Price Medical Office Building
Abington, PA
 

Dr. Christina Bales' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her areas of expertise include growth problems, vomiting, and esophagitis. Dr. Bales accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Bales has received professional recognition including the following: American Society for Transplantation Fellows Symposium Travel Award; Studies for Pediatric Liver Disease and Transplantation (SPLIT) Travel Award; and National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , small bowel atresia, diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), vomiting, short bowel syndrome, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Growth Problems, Esophagitis, Failure to ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark S Tanker, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
700 Cottman Avenue; Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Tanker is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tanker include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Tanker average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tanker is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Tanker studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mercy Catholic Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Jeanes Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Richard A Menin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9880 Bustleon Avenue; Suite 220
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Richard Menin is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Menin has a special interest in laser surgery, colorectal cancer, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Menin trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Laser Surgery, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Abbas El Sayed Abbas, MS, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Abbas Abbas practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abbas include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and lung cancer. Dr. Abbas accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Abbas's residency was performed at PinnacleHealth and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. His distinctions include: New Orleans Super Doctors and Best Doctors in Louisiana. His professional affiliations include Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), and Temple University Hospital (TUH).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, Thymoma, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Dr. Nestor Felix Esnaola, MPH, MBA, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nestor Esnaola's area of specialization is surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Esnaola is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of stomach cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, and sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer). He is affiliated with Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital (TUH), and Jeanes Hospital. Dr. Esnaola attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. He has received professional recognition including the following: Selected Member, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer; Best Doctors in America; and Top Doctor, US News and World Report.

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

All Interests: Tumor, Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Abdominal Problems, Small Intestine ... (Read more)

Dr. Russell J Schilder, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1200 Old York Road; Amh - 1 Widener
Abington, PA
 

Dr. Russell Schilder practices adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Before completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Schilder attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: colposcopy, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schilder accepts. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Abington Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schilder's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colposcopy, Loop Electrosurgical Excision, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Raquel Empedrad's specialty is allergy & immunology. These areas are among Dr. Empedrad's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Empedrad is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. Dr. Empedrad accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Empedrad attended Cebu Institute of Medicine and Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Nassau University Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (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.