We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare Gold near Natrona Heights, PA.

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Dr. Joseph P Pusateri Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1604 Burtner Road; Suite 2500
Natrona Heights, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Pusateri is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Pusateri attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Pusateri has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pusateri (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with UPMC St. Margaret.

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Dr. John M Wood, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1604 Burtner Road; Suite 2500
Natrona Heights, PA
 

Dr. John Wood is an adult gastroenterologist in Pittsburgh, PA and Natrona Heights, PA. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wood accepts. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Wood's training includes a residency program at MetroHealth Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC St. Margaret.

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Dr. Dan R Trellis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1604 Burtner Road; Suite 2500
Natrona Heights, PA
 

Dr. Dan Trellis works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Trellis is affiliated with UPMC St. Margaret. He obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1604 Burtner Road; Suite 2500
Natrona Heights, PA
 

Dr. David Mulock practices adult gastroenterology in Pittsburgh, PA and Natrona Heights, PA. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC St. Margaret. Dr. Mulock honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Mulock attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1 Kensington Square
New Kensington, PA
 

Dr. Joel Kichler is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kichler takes.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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