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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road, Nw; 2 Main
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Thomas Loughney's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Walter Reed Army Medical Center's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Loughney include flexible sigmoidoscopy, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received distinctions including Top Recommended Gastroenterologist, Washington Consumer Checkbook; Washingtonian Magazine Best Doctor, multiple years; and James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine. Dr. Loughney is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Main Hospital, Suite 2210
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Shervin Shafa's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Shafa speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shafa include colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shafa is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shafa obtained Dr. Shafa's medical school training at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and performed Dr. Shafa's residency at George Washington University Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Shafa a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shafa is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shafa welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Main Building Room 2210
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Stanley Benjamin works as a gastroenterologist in Washington, DC. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Benjamin include colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and esophagus problems. Dr. Benjamin is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Benjamin takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He welcomes new patients. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington".

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Advanced Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Caren Palese practices adult gastroenterology in Washington, DC. Her areas of expertise include swallowing problems (dysphagia) and acid reflux (GERD). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Palese honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Palese completed a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Palese (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. Dr. Palese is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
106 Irving Street Nw; Suite 301
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Ivanesa Pardo Lameda's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. She practices in Washington, DC. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. Dr. Pardo Lameda is especially interested in gallbladder problems, hernia surgery, and robotic surgery. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Pardo Lameda is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder Problems, Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Main Hospital 2nd Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. John Carroll is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Carroll include acid reflux (GERD) and advanced endoscopy. Dr. Carroll accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, Dr. Carroll completed his residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Advanced Endoscopy, Endoscopy

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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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