We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Tufts Health Plan near Providence, RI.

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Peter S. Gill MD
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 3 stars (2 ratings)
333 School Street; Suite 213
Pawtucket, RI

Dr. Peter Gill works as a general surgeon. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, ulcers, and gastrointestinal surgery. He takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gill attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Beverly Hospital, and Harvard Vanguard Peabody. Dr. Gill's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

William Sikov MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
average rating 4.75 stars (2 ratings)
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI

Dr. William Sikov sees patients in Providence, RI. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Sikov attended Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Sikov's clinical interests include leukemia, rectal cancer, and breast surgery. Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sikov takes. He has received the following distinction: Elected Fellow of American College of Physicians. Dr. Sikov (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Russian. His professional affiliations include 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: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Schechter M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 2.83 stars (6 ratings)
208 Collyer Street; Suite 301a
Providence, RI

Dr. Steven Schechter specializes in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Schechter (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His areas of expertise consist of colorectal surgery procedures, cancer surgery, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and the University Surgical Associates (Rhode Island). Dr. Schechter is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Patient ratings for Dr. Schechter average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schechter takes several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Coventry, and First Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

Kara Lynne Leonard M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI

Dr. Kara Leonard's specialty is radiation oncology. She is especially interested in breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and blood disorders. She takes Medicare and Tufts Health Plan insurance. Dr. Leonard obtained her medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Leonard is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Blood Disorders, Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer

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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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