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We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Tufts Health Plan near Providence, RI.

Dr. Bret Adam Ancowitz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
148 West River Street; Suite 3
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Bret Ancowitz is an adult gastroenterology specialist. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ancowitz include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). On average, patients gave Dr. Ancowitz a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and more. Dr. Ancowitz is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Matthew Daniel Vrees, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
208 Collyer Street; Suite 301
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Matthew Vrees' specialties are general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Vrees (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vrees include colorectal surgery procedures, cancer surgery, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School and a graduate of Rhode Island Hospital's residency program. Dr. Vrees has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid. Dr. Vrees has received the distinction of Rhode Island Top Doctor. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. David E Wazer, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
593 Eddy Street; Department of Radiation Oncology
Providence, RI
 

Dr. David Wazer specializes in radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wazer include brachytherapy (seed implants), stereotactic radiosurgery, and breast cancer. Patient reviews placed Dr. Wazer at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Wazer has received the following distinctions: "Top Doctor" and in top 1% in the nation in his specialty, U.S. News & World Report and Boston Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Wazer is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Brachytherapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Breast Cancer

Dr. William M Sikov, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. William Sikov is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Providence, RI. Dr. Sikov (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Italian, and Russian. These areas are among Dr. Sikov's clinical interests: leukemia, rectal cancer, and breast surgery. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. After attending Yale School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sikov takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sikov's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam Augustus Klipfel, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
208 Collyer Street; Suite
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Adam Klipfel's areas of specialization are general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in North Providence, RI, East Providence, RI, and Lincoln, RI. He attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Klipfel trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Klipfel include colorectal surgery procedures, cancer surgery, and colon cancer. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Neighborhood Health Plan, AARP, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klipfel honors. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Top Doc RI; resident/fellow teaching award; and Top Doc RI 2012(2012). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Klipfel's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Colon Cancer

Dr. Steven Schechter, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
208 Collyer Street; Suite 301
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Steven Schechter is a specialist in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. He works in East Providence, RI, Lincoln, RI, and Woonsocket, RI. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of Rhode Island Hospital's residency program. His areas of expertise include colorectal surgery procedures, cancer surgery, and colon cancer. Dr. Schechter has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Schechter honors Great-West Healthcare, Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schechter (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Surgery

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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.