We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Platinum POS near Lancaster, PA.

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Dr. Maarouf Ahmad Hoteit MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Maarouf Hoteit is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoteit include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. Dr. Hoteit is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Hoteit is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Ascites, Cirrhosis, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Kuchikula Reddy's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Osmania Medical College, Dr. Reddy performed his residency at Misericordia Hospital, New York. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Dr. Reddy is professionally affiliated with Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Ascites, Cirrhosis, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly A. Forde MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
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554 North Duke Street; 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Kimberly Forde's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Forde include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, Dr. Forde completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, anal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Anal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Vandana Khungar MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Vandana Khungar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Khungar's clinical interests: esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver tumor. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Khungar obtained her medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Christine Cho-Shing Hsu MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
554 North Duke Street; 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Christine Hsu sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise include the following: hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver tumor, and encephalopathy. She is affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hsu takes. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Hsu speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Tumor, Transplant Procedures, Stenosis, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Liver ... (Read more)

Abraham Shaked MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
554 North Duke Street; 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Abraham Shaked is a physician who specializes in transplant surgery. He speaks Hebrew. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shaked include cancer surgery, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), and liver cancer. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He obtained his medical school training at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Hadassah University Medical Center. Dr. Shaked takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Biliary ... (Read more)

Kim Marie Olthoff MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
554 North Duke Street; 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Kim Olthoff's area of specialization is transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Olthoff include cancer surgery, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), and liver cancer. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Olthoff attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2006 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, ... (Read more)

Peter Lawrence Abt MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
554 North Duke Street; 3rd Floor
Lancaster, PA
 

Dr. Peter Abt is a physician who specializes in transplant surgery. His clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), laparoscopic splenectomy, and inguinal hernia. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Abt accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Abt is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical Center's residency program. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Liver Tumor, Stenosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer, Bile ... (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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