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Brett Kalmowitz, MD

1. Brett Kalmowitz, MD

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44 W River StProvidence, RI 02904

(401) 274-4800

I have been seeing Dr. Kalmowitz since 2009 when he found a tumor in my colon and cannot express how blessed I feel to have found such a great Dr. I…

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Roger Williams Medical Center

2. Roger Williams Medical Center

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BBB Rating: A+

825 Chalkstone AveProvidence, RI 02908

(401) 456-2000

This use to be the best hospital to go to. I have been going there about 30 years. I now feel is the wors t hospital in the state. They still have e…

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3. Dr. Samir Ashok Shah, MD

(14)

44 W River StProvidence, RI 02904

(401) 274-4800

Went as expected. Doctor was attentve as always and answered any questions we had. Decided on new medication and will take it from there.

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4. Dr. Barbara Jane Weil, MD

830 Chalkstone AveProvidence, RI 02908

(401) 273-7100
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Gastroenterology Associates

5. Gastroenterology Associates

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44 W River StProvidence, RI 02904

(401) 274-4800

I had a very good experience. I have been a bit resistant to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist, and Dr. Greenspan was recommended to me …

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Gastroenterology

6. Gastroenterology

110 Lockwood St Ste 116Providence, RI 02903

(401) 444-3575

From Business: I like to get to know as much about the patient as possible so that it can help me determine the cause and etiology of a patient's infection and the best plan for…

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7. Dr. David Schreiber, MD

44 W River StProvidence, RI 02904

(401) 274-4800
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8. Dr. Alyn Louise Adrain, MD

44 W River StProvidence, RI 02904

(401) 274-4800
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DR Marina Rodriguez MD

9. DR Marina Rodriguez MD

BBB Rating: A+

160 Wayland AveProvidence, RI 02906

(401) 521-1221

From Business: Dr. Marina Rodriguez, MD treats patients in Providence, Rhode Island and specializes in internal medicine. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from University Of Massachusett…

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Weinberg, Marc S, MD

10. Weinberg, Marc S, MD

1 Randall SqProvidence, RI 02904

(401) 228-3000
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11. Anchor Medical Associates

1 Hoppin St Ste 3Providence, RI 02903

(401) 793-8400

From Business: Established in 1999, Anchor Medical Associates is a private medical group that provides a range of health care services. It offers surgery, emergency, rehabilitat…

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12. Dr. Jeanette Gabriella Smith, MD

110 Lockwood St Ste 116Providence, RI 02903

(401) 444-3575
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13. Sonia Uchman MD

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593 Eddy StProvidence, RI 02903

(401) 444-5679

She is the kindest, most intelligent encologist (oncologist)(and I've seen quite a few over the years) in the country, no, the world..., uh no, the …

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14. E Cashel Leslie MD

33 Staniford StProvidence, RI 02905

(401) 421-8800
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T Chen William MD

15. T Chen William MD

33 Staniford StProvidence, RI 02905

(401) 421-8800
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Dr. Alan Epstein, MD

16. Dr. Alan Epstein, MD

50 Maude StProvidence, RI 02908

(401) 456-6510
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17. Dr. Fadlallah G Habr, MD

110 Lockwood StProvidence, RI 02903

(401) 444-3575
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18. Dr. Thomas D Denucci, MD

110 Lockwood St Ste 116Providence, RI 02903

(401) 444-3575
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19. DR Jose Behar MD

110 Lockwood StProvidence, RI 02903

(401) 444-3575
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Adam David Harris MD

20. Adam David Harris MD

110 Lockwood St Ste 116Providence, RI 02903

(401) 444-3575
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21. Mandell, Jason G, MD

593 Eddy StProvidence, RI 02903

(401) 444-4471
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22. University Medicine Kidney

285 Governor StProvidence, RI 02906

(401) 444-5445
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23. A Mueller Lisa MD

33 Staniford StProvidence, RI 02905

(401) 421-8800
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A Pensa Edward MD

24. A Pensa Edward MD

33 Staniford StProvidence, RI 02905

(401) 421-8800
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25. Dr. Sheldon S Lidofsky, MD

33 Staniford StProvidence, RI 02905

(401) 421-8800
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E Sepe Thomas MD

26. E Sepe Thomas MD

33 Staniford StProvidence, RI 02905

(401) 421-8800
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A Califano Nicholas MD

27. A Califano Nicholas MD

33 Staniford StProvidence, RI 02905

(401) 421-8800
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28. Dr. Walter Raymond Thayer, MD

830 Chalkstone AveProvidence, RI 02908

(401) 273-7100
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29. Nabil Toubia MD

50 Maude StProvidence, RI 02908

(401) 456-6510
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30. Simpao, Marc Philip, MD

17 Virginia Ave Ste 107Providence, RI 02905

(401) 784-4901
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Helpful Reviews 
Dr. Samir Ashok Shah, MD
L D. rated

Dr. Shah is very professional and thorough, and I appreciate his taking time to explain the procedures, results, etc., that I had at his office. I am confident in his ability to help me treat my symptoms and help me work on a treatment plan. I will refer my family and friends to him.

Dr. Samir Ashok Shah, MD
R M. rated

He has been very helpful with my diagnosis and treatment of my esophagus issues. Very thorough in the process.

Dr. Samir Ashok Shah, MD
Fredda S. rated

This office is awesome! I met with the nurse prior to meeting with the doctor, and she was very professional, explaining the procedures to me, making me feel very comfortable. The doctor also was wonderful and personable and again made me feel very comfortable. He really listened and 'knew me' after our conversation. I felt like I certainly made the right choice coming to this office. At no time did I feel like a number, but as a valued patient.

Dr. Samir Ashok Shah, MD
A C. rated

I never feel rushed when I am with the Doctor. He is thorough in explaining options, pros and cons for treatment. There has never been a problem getting in for an appointment when I have had a problem.

Dr. Samir Ashok Shah, MD
R P. rated

Dr. Shah and Elaine are very professional and respectful during my last office visit. I have been very pleased with my experiences at this office and would definitely recommend them. Dr. Shah was very thorough and explained everything in an easy to understand manner. Additionally, Elaine helped with the referrals to other offices that were necessary to simplify the overall process.

Dr. Samir Ashok Shah, MD
Jeffrey B. rated

Dr. Shah is always professional and friendly. For this visit, I had no appointment and he found time to get me in. I find this is not the case with most doctors and was greatly appreciated.

Did You Know?

Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.

In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.

Different Types of Physicians

Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:

General Practitioner
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.

Cardiologist
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.

Dentist
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.

Dermatologist
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

ENT
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.

OB/GYN
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.

Choosing a Physician

There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:

Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses. 

Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.

Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.

Choosing a Surgeon

Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively

Compatibility Factor
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.

Expertise Level
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.

Understanding Your Insurance

Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.

Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.

If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.

Setting Your Appointment

Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.

When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.

From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.

Risks

Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.

Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.

Aftercare

Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot. 

Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.

Recovery and Follow-up

Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.

Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.

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