We found 35 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Waltham, MA.

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Dr. Frederick W Ruymann, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Fred Ruymann specializes in adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ruymann's areas of expertise include therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). His professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Watertown and Mount Auburn Hospital. He is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. Dr. Ruymann welcomes new patients. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Peer Recognition Award and Board Of Fellows, Gettysburg College. Dr. Ruymann (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Biliary Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy, Pancreas Problems, Therapeutic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey A Biller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Biller is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Biller include gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Biller takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Biller trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Kriston A Ganguli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kriston Ganguli's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ganguli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and failure to thrive. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Ganguli studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Medical School. Her residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Failure to Thrive, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Sabina Sabharwal, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Sabina Sabharwal is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Floating Hospital for Children. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sabharwal include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Sabharwal accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: James MaGuigan Award in gastrointestinal physiology. Dr. Sabharwal (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Sabharwal welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Harland Steven Winter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Harland Winter practices pediatric gastroenterology in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. In his practice, Dr. Winter focuses on immunodeficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Winter performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Winter's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Brian Patrick Regan Sr., DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Brian Regan specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Regan's professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC), and Children's Hospital Boston. Before performing his residency at Winthrop University Hospital, Dr. Regan attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Regan has received professional recognition including the following: Psi Sigma Alpha Osteopathic Honor Society. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2014 Washington Street; 6 South
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Esther Israel's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Israel attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and food allergy. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Israel has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Clinical Investigator Award; and National Institutes. Dr. Israel (or staff) speaks Hebrew, French, and Yiddish. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Liver Transplant, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Failure to Thrive, Food Allergy, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Aubrey Katz practices pediatric gastroenterology in Waltham, MA, Newburyport, MA, and Boston, MA. After completing medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, he performed his residency at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Dr. Katz's areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis (eoE). The average patient rating for Dr. Katz is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Katz (or staff) is conversant in Afrikaans and Dutch. Dr. Katz is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Katz welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Carla Helene Ginsburg, MPH, MD
Specializes in Primary Care, Adult Gastroenterology
2000 Washington Street; Suite 543 Mob White
Newton Lower Falls, MA
 

Dr. Carla Ginsburg's medical specialty is primary care and adult gastroenterology. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ginsburg's professional affiliations include West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Baptist Outpatient Services. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ginsburg welcomes new patients. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Career Developmental Award From Colitis & Ileitis; Foundation Roche Award; and National Institute Of Health Rescud Career Development Aard and Investigator Award.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Qian Yuan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
2000 Washington Street; Suite 466
Newton Lower Falls, MA
 

Dr. Qian Yuan's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. In addition to English, Dr. Yuan speaks Chinese. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. After attending Peking University Health Science Center and Beijing Second Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Yuan accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

George Licac Mandler
Specializes in Acupuncture, Gastroenterology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Nutrition, Gynecology
21 Belmont Street
Cambridge, MA
 

Mr. George Mandler is an acupuncturist, gastroenterologist, and infertility specialist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Mr. Mandler include migraine, nutrition counseling, and infertility. Mr. Mandler honors Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis

All Interests: Infertility, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Blood Tests, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Allergies, Colitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kenneth Tanabe works as a surgical oncologist in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Dr. Tanabe's areas of expertise consist of colon cancer, liver cancer, and melanoma. The average patient rating for Dr. Tanabe is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Tanabe has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors and Specialty In Cancer Surgery Best Doctors in America (year, each year individually). Dr. Tanabe (or staff) speaks Filipino, Croatian, and Serbo-Croatian. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Tanabe is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, liver cancer

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Melanoma, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Lanuti, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Michael Lanuti's specialty is thoracic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Lanuti speaks Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. He is affiliated with St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Brighton, MA), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Lanuti accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic Thoracic Surgery and Boston Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Lung Radiofrequency Ablation, Myasthenia Gravis, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Henning A Gaissert, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert is a specialist in thoracic surgery. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gaissert attended medical school at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Gaissert has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown University; and Allen W. Locke M.D. Physician Award, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) is conversant in German and French. He is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Brighton, MA), and Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, Emphysema

Specializes in Urogynecology
40 Second Street; Suite 400
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. May Wakamatsu practices urogynecology in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Danvers, MA. The average patient rating for Dr. Wakamatsu is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wakamatsu's clinical interests include rectocele (posterior prolapse), urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and pelvic reconstructive surgery. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Wakamatsu completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), rectovaginal fistula

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Urinary Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, Vaginal Prolapse, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Joel Schwartz's medical specialty is adult oncology and medical oncology. His areas of expertise consist of myeloma, breast cancer, and lymphoma. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schwartz is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Schwartz attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His distinctions include: Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine--North Shore Medical Center; The 100 Award from Mass General Hospital; and Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Schwartz offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include NSMC Union Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and NSMC Salem Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Myeloma, Gastrointestinal Problems, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Melanoma

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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.

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