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We found 70 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Annandale, VA.

Dr. Jacqueline Marie Laurin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
3833 N Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA
 

Dr. Jacqueline Laurin works as an adult gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Laurin has received the distinction of Beta Beta Beta Award for the outstanding freshman biology student, Barry University. Dr. Laurin offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Viral Hepatitis

Dr. Benjamin Isaac Enav, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2700 Prosperity Avenue; 260
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Benjamin Enav practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Enav (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Landsdowne Campus, and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Dr. Enav's education and training includes medical school at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and residency at Winthrop University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Enav takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Colonoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Lynn Frances Duffy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
8505 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Lynn Duffy is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Duffy obtained her medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed her residency at North Shore University Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: stomach problems, colonoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She is an in-network provider for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid insurance. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Duffy has received include Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Children's National Health System, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Catherine Sing-Wen Chao, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
8505 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Catherine Chao is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include stomach problems, colonoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Children's National Health System, and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Dr. Chao attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Chao's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Kirti Shetty, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3833 N Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA
 

Dr. Kirti Shetty is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Johns Hopkins Hospital and Suburban Hospital. Dr. Shetty is an in-network provider for Medicaid insurance. She graduated from Christian Medical College, Vellore. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include AASLD-Schering Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award; ACG Junior Faculty Career Development Award; and First certificates of Honor: Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Medicine and Surgery.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Viral Hepatitis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3028 Javier Road; 300
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Ahmed Hegab's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hegab attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hegab include stomach problems, colonoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Hegab has received include Physician's Award, American Medical Association; Hepatology Fellowship Grantee, Schering-Plough; and Who's Who in Medicine, Marquis. Dr. Hegab (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. He is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3028 Javier Road; 300
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Tonya Adams' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Dr. Adams completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adams include stomach problems, colonoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Adams has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy

Dr. Natalie Ann Sikka, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
8505 Arlington Boulevard; Suite 400
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Natalie Sikka sees patients in Fairfax, VA and Leesburg, VA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of thyroid problems, stomach problems, and colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Sikka average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sikka studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Sikka completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Inova Loudoun Hospital, Children's National Health System, and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Nutrition Issues, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Byungki Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3028 Javier Road; 300
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Byungki Kim is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include stomach problems, colonoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy

Dr. Diego Ignacio Kuperschmit, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3299 Woodburn Road; 220
Annandale, VA
 

Dr. Diego Kuperschmit practices adult gastroenterology in Arlington, VA, Arlinton, VA, and Annandale, VA. His clinical interests include stomach problems and colonoscopy. Dr. Kuperschmit honors Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Howard University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. Dr. Kuperschmit speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Virginia Hospital Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4660 Kenmore Avenue; 305
Alexandria, VA
 

Dr. Deborah Brauer is an adult gastroenterologist. She is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Brauer's clinical interests encompass stomach problems. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Brauer has received the following distinctions: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars and Super Doctors, Washington Post. She is affiliated with Inova Alexandria Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Stomach Problems

Dr. Behzad Kalaghchi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3028 Javier Road; 300
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Behzad Kalaghchi's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kalaghchi include stomach problems and colonoscopy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Kalaghchi is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He trained at D.C. General Hospital for his residency. Dr. Kalaghchi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Korean, Spanish, and Persian. He is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy

Dr. Otto Louis-Jacques, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
8505 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Otto Louis-Jacques is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Louis-Jacques (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. These areas are among his clinical interests: stomach problems, colonoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He is professionally affiliated with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital. For his residency, Dr. Louis-Jacques trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Kenneth Robert Mirkin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
3028 Javier Road; 300
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Kenneth Mirkin practices adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. His clinical interests encompass stomach problems, colonoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Patient reviews placed Dr. Mirkin at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He has received the following distinction: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Mirkin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Korean. Dr. Mirkin is professionally affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy

Dr. Peter Leonard Scudera, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
3028 Javier Road; 300
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Peter Scudera, who practices in Fairfax, VA, Herndon, VA, and Chantilly, VA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Scudera include stomach problems, colonoscopy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Scudera is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Scudera's training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Scudera include: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Scudera (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy

Dr. Mahmood Abedi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Mahmood Abedi's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in stomach problems, colonoscopy, and pancreatic cancer. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Abedi is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Abedi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean, Spanish, and Persian. Dr. Abedi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Stomach Problems, Colonoscopy

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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.