We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Tufts Health Plan near Providence, RI.

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Dr. Adam Augustus Klipfel, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
208 Collyer Street; Suite
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Adam Klipfel, who practices in Providence, RI, Pawtucket, RI, and North Providence, RI, is a medical specialist in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Klipfel include colorectal surgery procedures, cancer surgery, and colon cancer. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Neighborhood Health Plan, AARP, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klipfel takes. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Klipfel trained at New York Methodist Hospital for his residency. His distinctions include: Top Doc RI; teaching award; and Top Doc RI 2012. Dr. Klipfel is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Colon Cancer

Dr. Peter S Gill, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
333 School Street; Suite 213
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Peter Gill is a physician who specializes in general surgery. These areas are among Dr. Gill's clinical interests: ulcers, gastrointestinal surgery, and abdominal wall reconstruction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Beverly Hospital, and Harvard Vanguard Peabody. Before completing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Gill attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He accepts Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. William M Sikov, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. William Sikov is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Sikov attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for his residency. His areas of expertise include leukemia, rectal cancer, and breast surgery. He accepts Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Elected Fellow of American College of Physicians. Dr. Sikov (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Italian, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, colorectal cancer

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Dr. Kara Lynne Leonard, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Kara Leonard is a specialist in radiation oncology. She has a special interest in breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and blood disorders. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She is in-network for Medicare and Tufts Health Plan insurance. She is closed to new patients at this time. She studied medicine at Albany Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Leonard trained at Tufts Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer

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Dr. Steven Schechter, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
208 Collyer Street; Suite 301a
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Steven Schechter is a specialist in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in colorectal surgery procedures, cancer surgery, and colon cancer. Dr. Schechter is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. In addition to English, Dr. Schechter (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and the University Surgical Associates (Rhode Island). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Surgery

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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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