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Dr. Kashyap V Panganamamula, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
51 N 39th Street; 218 Wright Saunders Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kashyap Panganamamula's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Panganamamula (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and achalasia. Dr. Panganamamula is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Panganamamula graduated from Osmania Medical College. He trained at Temple University Hospital and Nizam's Insitute of Medical Sciences for residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, achalasia, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Achalasia, Stenosis, Enteroscopy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Upper ... (Read more)

Dr. Immanuel King Hang Ho, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Immanuel Ho is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and interventional endoscopy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Ho is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of Montefiore Medical Center's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2013-2016 and Recognized by Main Line Magazine 's Pennsylvania's Top Doctors 2009-2014. In addition to English, Dr. Ho speaks Cantonese. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal cancer, ulcerative colitis, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Interventional Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Maarouf Ahmad Hoteit, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Maarouf Hoteit is a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Hoteit include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hoteit's education and training includes medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Hoteit is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

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

Dr. Faten Nureddin Aberra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Faten Aberra's specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aberra include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Aberra is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Aberra honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Dartmouth Medical School and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Tigrinya.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

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

Dr. Anil Kumar Rustgi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, South Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Anil Rustgi practices adult gastroenterology in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Rustgi graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, gallbladder cancer, and rectal cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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

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

Dr. James Charles Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
219 N Broad Street, The Arnold T. Berman, Md Building; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Reynolds is an adult gastroenterology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Reynolds's clinical interests: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reynolds accepts. Dr. Reynolds has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, diverticular disease, achalasia, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon problems, intestinal (bowel) problems, colon polyps, constipation, colitis

All Interests: Achalasia, Colitis, Esophagitis, Abdominal Problems, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David C Metz, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
1 Convention Avenue; 9 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Metz works as a gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Metz's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Metz accepts. He attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for medical school and subsequently trained at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, and a hospital affiliated with the University of the Witwatersrand for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, celiac disease, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Gary D Wu, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, South Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Wu is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. Dr. Wu's areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease and endoscopy. His professional affiliations include Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Wu performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Gary R Lichtenstein, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Lichtenstein's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lichtenstein include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Lichtenstein is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Lichtenstein completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. Dr. Lichtenstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

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

Dr. Nuzhat Aziz Ahmad, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; South Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nuzhat Ahmad's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Ahmad attended Dow Medical College for medical school. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Ahmad accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Tomislav Osterman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
51 N 39th Street; 218 Wright Saunders Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Osterman's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Osterman is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for his residency. Dr. Osterman is conversant in Croatian. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

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

Dr. Michael L Kochman, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
1 Convention Avenue; 9 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Kochman is a gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kochman include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and interventional endoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Kochman takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue from 2002, 2007 - 2009, and 2011 - 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14.

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

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Octavia Evette Pickett-Blakely, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; South Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Octavia Pickett-Blakely works as an adult gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Pickett-Blakely's residency was performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anemia. Dr. Pickett-Blakely accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, celiac disease, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, short bowel syndrome, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary W Falk, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Pcam, South Pavilion; Floor 4
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Falk works as a gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and achalasia. Dr. Falk takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received distinctions including Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2002-present; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, esophageal spasm, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophagitis, Esophageal Spasm, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. James D Lewis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Lewis is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Lewis has indicated that his clinical interests include cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lewis include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issues in 2010 and 2017; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014. Dr. Lewis's 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Problems, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, South Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kuchikula Reddy is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Reddy is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Osmania Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Misericordia Hospital, New York for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reddy include: 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.

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

All Interests: Ascites, Cirrhosis, Gallbladder Cancer, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, ... (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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