We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Empire BlueCross BlueShield near Camden, NJ.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
817 Federal Street
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Melville Ackerman's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ackerman's areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare. Before completing his residency at Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Ackerman attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is professionally affiliated with Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal spasm, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Joseph Callahan, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2 Cooper Plaza
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Kevin Callahan is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver tumor. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Callahan is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists; Silver Chalice Award, American Cancer Society, Southern New Jersey; and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cooper University Physicians and Virtua Marlton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer, gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Urologic Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Bone Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Eugene Zrada, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1865 Route 70 East; 1st Floor
Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Dr. Stephen Zrada's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver tumor. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zrada accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Zrada completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. His professional affiliations include Virtua Marlton Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, small intestine disorders, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Ear Cancer, Liver Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos San Pedro Madamba, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1865 Route 70 East; 1st Floor
Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Dr. Carlos Madamba's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver tumor. Dr. Madamba is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Madamba trained at Bergen Regional Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer, gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Ear ... (Read more)

Dr. Samir V Shah, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
130 North Haddon Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
 

Dr. Samir Shah is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Shah average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shah's clinical interests include otosclerosis, ear pain, and tinnitus. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is affiliated with Inspira Medical Center Woodbury. Dr. Shah welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, esophageal stricture (narrowing)

All Interests: Ear Pain, Deviated Septum, Dizziness, Endoscopic Surgery, Nose Reconstruction, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Packer include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hernia surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, QualCare, and more. Before completing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Packer attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is affiliated with Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Dr. Packer has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Harvey Greenberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1865 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Dr. Richard Greenberg works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Greenberg's training includes a residency program at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, leiomyosarcoma, and thyroid cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer, gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Leiomyosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
216 Albertson Avenue
Barrington, NJ
 

Dr. Katherine Gargiulo practices general pediatrics. Dr. Gargiulo's areas of expertise include warts, celiac disease, and ankle sprain. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Advocare Kressville Pediatrics. She is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine and a graduate of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children's residency program. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and CIGNA Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, stomach problems, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, vomiting, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, intestinal (bowel) problems, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Primary Care, Diabetes Management, ... (Read more)

Dr. Yong Ji, MD, PhD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1865 Route 70 East; 1st Floor
Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Dr. Yong Ji's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is a graduate of Nantong Medical College and a graduate of Helene Fuld Medical Center's residency program. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver tumor. Dr. Ji honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Ji speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Marlton Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), colon cancer, anal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, rectal problems, gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Ear Cancer, Liver Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tasos Aslanidis, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1841 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Tasos Aslanidis is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Aslanidis include otosclerosis, nasal congestion (stuffy nose), and ear pain. Dr. Aslanidis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Aslanidis attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for residency. His professional affiliations include Virtua Marlton Hospital and Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, esophageal spasm, esophageal stricture (narrowing)

All Interests: Ear Pain, Nasal Congestion, Deviated Septum, Dizziness, Surfer's Ear, Endoscopic Surgery, Nose ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1000 Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz works as a pediatric urologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Zaontz at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: phimosis, varicocele, and microsurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Zaontz graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Zaontz completed residency programs at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Zaontz has received distinctions including America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Phimosis, Varicocele, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Kidney Stones, Surgical ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Roth include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is affiliated with Abington Health, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Roth completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roth takes. Dr. Roth has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
6650 Browning Road
Pennsauken, NJ
 

Dr. Edward Podgorski is a diagnostic radiology specialist. Dr. Podgorski's clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, bone scan, and myelogram (spinal cord imaging). His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Jersey Radiology Associates (SJRA) and Virtua Voorhees Hospital. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Bryn Mawr Hospital's residency program. Dr. Podgorski accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems

All Interests: Bone Density Test, Nuclear Stress Test, PET Scan, Heart Problems, Liver Disease, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
807 Haddon Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
 

Dr. Edward Petrella practices diagnostic radiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Petrella include gastrointestinal bleeding, bone scan, and myelogram (spinal cord imaging). His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Jersey Radiology Associates (SJRA) and Virtua Marlton Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Petrella honors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Fine Needle Aspiration, Tumor, Ultrasound, Bone Density Test, Nuclear Stress ... (Read more)

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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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