We found 16 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept First Health near Washington, DC.

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Ira David Shocket MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.27 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
102 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC

Dr. Ira Shocket is a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Shocket include achalasia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Shocket has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndro ... (Read more)

Dr James Hartman Frank MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.55 stars out of 5 (103 ratings)
1145 19th Street Nw; Suite 700
Washington, DC

Dr. James Frank practices adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Frank average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Frank completed his residency training at Washington DC VA Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Rectal Bleeding, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Ga ... (Read more)

Stanley Bernard Benjamin
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.43 stars out of 5 (100 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Main Building, Room 2210
Washington, DC

Dr. Stanley Benjamin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, achalasia, and gastric (stomach) ulcer. Dr. Benjamin is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. He is open to new patients. Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Benjamin trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinction: Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington".

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastric Ulcer, Colon Polyps, Esophagitis, Hiatal Hernia, I ... (Read more)

Dr Thomas M Loughney MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.73 stars out of 5 (126 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; 2 Main
Washington, DC

Dr. Thomas Loughney specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Washington, DC. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Loughney completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal motility disorders, celiac disease, and gastric (stomach) ulcer. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loughney is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Loughney include: Top Recommended Gastroenterologist, Washington Consumer Checkbook; Washingtonian Magazine Best Doctor, multiple years; and James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Colitis, Recta ... (Read more)

Dr Caren Sabina Palese MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.23 stars out of 5 (115 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Pasquerilla Heltchare Center; 2nd Floor
Washington, DC

Dr. Caren Palese is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Washington, DC. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Palese include achalasia, celiac disease, and anal fissures. Dr. Palese is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more. She studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Palese completed a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Palese (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Hemorrhage, Rectal Bleedin ... (Read more)

James Lewis
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
Average rating 4.65 stars out of 5 (148 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; 2nd Floor
Washington, DC

Dr. James Lewis is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lewis include esophageal varices, foreign body in esophagus, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more. Dr. Lewis is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Lewis attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Georgetown University Hospital Gastroenterology Fellows Award for excellence in teaching Residents; Best Doctors in America; and AMA Physician's Recognition Award.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Foreign Body in Esophagus, Ascites, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Rectal Bleeding, Gallsto ... (Read more)

Dr Walid Chalhoub MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; 2 Main
Washington, DC

Dr. Walid Chalhoub works as a gastroenterologist. In addition to English, Dr. Chalhoub (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, celiac disease, and gastric (stomach) ulcer. Dr. Chalhoub's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. His residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Elmhurst Hospital Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chalhoub takes. Dr. Chalhoub has received the following distinction: Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Elmhurst Program. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Rectal Prolapse ... (Read more)

Kathy Patricia BullHenry
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.56 stars out of 5 (82 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Building 2
Washington, DC

Dr. Kathy Bull-Henry is a gastroenterologist in Washington, DC. Before performing her residency at Harlem Hospital Center, Dr. Bull-Henry attended Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Bull-Henry's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, peptic ulcer, and celiac disease. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bull-Henry's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Small Intestine Disorders, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal B ... (Read more)

John Edward Carroll
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.67 stars out of 5 (114 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Main Hospital 2nd Floor
Washington, DC

Dr. John Carroll specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carroll include esophageal varices, achalasia, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Carroll is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin and a graduate of Georgetown University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Carroll is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carroll accepts. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Gastric Ulcer, Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Esophagitis, Gastritis ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 2nd Floor
Washington, DC

Dr. Khalid Khan sees patients in Washington, DC. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of Leicester Medical School. Dr. Khan's areas of expertise consist of liver disease, short bowel syndrome, and chronic pancreatitis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Liver Disease, Short Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Pancreatitis, Acid Reflux

ZoneEn Lee MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.52 stars out of 5 (30 ratings)
106 Irving Street Northwest; Suite Nw, Po Box South Suite 205
Washington, DC

Dr. Zone-En Lee is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include esophageal varices, achalasia, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lee is accepting new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Washington Hospital Center. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Bleeding ... (Read more)

Shervin Shafa MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.71 stars out of 5 (59 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Main Hospital, Suite 2210
Washington, DC

Dr. Shervin Shafa is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Shafa's clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, esophageal varices, and achalasia. Dr. Shafa's average rating from Dr. Shafa's patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shafa takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more. Dr. Shafa attended medical school at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Shafa completed Dr. Shafa's residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Shafa speaks Spanish. Dr. Shafa is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shafa's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Esophagitis, Esophageal Ulcer, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, A ... (Read more)

Nadim Haddad
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.31 stars out of 5 (109 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Main Building Second Floor
Washington, DC

Dr. Nadim Haddad, who practices in Washington, DC, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Haddad include gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and acute pancreatitis. Dr. Haddad is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Haddad graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Haddad completed a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Gastric Ulcer, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallstones, Gastritis, Cholecystitis, Liver Cancer, Bil ... (Read more)

Won Kyoo Cho MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.53 stars out of 5 (32 ratings)
106 Irving Street Northwest; Suite Nw, Po Box South Suite 205
Washington, DC

Dr. Won Cho's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cho is rated highly by Dr. Cho's patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Cho include achalasia, celiac disease, and gastric (stomach) ulcer. Dr. Cho is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Cho takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Cho attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Cho's residency at Boston Medical Center.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Rectal Prolapse ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Adolescent Medicine
Average rating 4.56 stars out of 5 (66 ratings)
4200 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest; Suite 4
Washington, DC

Dr. Vibha Sood is a pediatric gastroenterology and adolescent medicine specialist in Washington, DC. Dr. Sood graduated from Nagpur University. These areas are among her clinical interests: celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, and colon polyps. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sood honors. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastric Ulcer, Colon Polyps, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Rectal ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
4200 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC

Dr. Dahye Hong's specialty is general pediatrics. Her clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hong attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Hong is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Failure to Thrive, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Co ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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