Dr. Arthur Heller

Gastroenterology
New York, NY
45 years experience male

Locations

Office

New York, NY

Address

215 East 68th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY, US
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

About

Bio

A personal physician who provides sensitive caring, medical dedication, scientific skill and clinical expertise. An internist with 8 tears of rigorous university-based post graduate training as a foundation for a varied and extensive practice in internal medicine, clinical nutrition, and gastroenterology. A general physician with sub-specialty skills (including endoscopy, colonoscopy, liver biopsy, and small bowel capsule endoscopy); a sub-specialist who thinks like an internist. A former Chief Resident who is an avid teacher who can discuss issues in plain talk. Prevention is stressed, nutrition is integrated into the practice. I strive to do my best to help my patients achieve, maintain, and restore their vigor, vitality,health, and well-being in mind, body, and spirit. My diagnostic approach emphasizes time with a patient, bedside evaluation,history, physical exam, with judicious and appropriate use of laboratory, radiology, endoscopy, and sub-specialty consultants.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Gastroenterology

Internal Medicine

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Maybe,can't tellhere: Could be dental, floor of mouth, salivary gland, thyroid, mediastinal (chest) problem. See your doc. Breathing problems, fever? See them now or er.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Use wet wipes: Wet wipes may help re: hygiene. Increasing fiber fluids may increase caliber of stool, so there are fewer little pellets.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Call your doc: Could be viral, bacterial, other. History of travel, unsavory food intake, bleeding, sick contacts, other meds or medical conditions, antibiotic use ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Active bleeding???!!: Active bleeding? Go to er now! call your doc. Don't have one-get one. History of ulcers and bleeding, avoid Aspirin and nsaids; Acetaminophen ok. Pa... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Not deficient: Primary human biotin deficiency is extremely rare. Gut bacteria make it in abundance. Found in cereals, legumes, nuts, mushrooms, cauliflower, dairy.... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Blood?,beets? other?: Blood is certainly red, will "bleed" into the water in the bowl. Vegetable skins from peppers, tomatoes, etc are red but stay in the stool. Beets can ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
NoMaybe endometriosi: May be normal for you, but not normal. May be endometriosis-abnormal distribution of uterine lining tissue outside of the uterine lining; congenital-... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Recurring pain: Recurring episodes of pain, bloating, obstruction. See your doc if you have any question or suspicion.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Can help cramps, but: Peppermint tea can decrease muscle contractions in the gut. May help with spasm in bowel. Can decrease muscle contractions in lower esophageal aphinc... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Anyone, esp +family: Average risk is about 6%. The risk increases if (+) family history, esp. If immediate family, and multiple members, younger than age 50, personal hist... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Grandma was right: Eat your fruits and vegetables, nature's antioxidant cocktail. Almost every study using supplements has failed to show benefit, and may actually undo... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Can: Abdominal pain that moves around can be due to lots of things, commonly gas, but other stuff as well. See your doc to evaluate.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
How long ago: How long is "long time ago? Weeks, months, years? Get checked again. Not normal; can be poorly healed fracture, tendon, tendon sheath problems.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Check with your doc: Ibs, common, is not inflammatory bowel disease (ibd). At least 3 mos of 3d/mo of pain, fullness, gas, bloat; often alternating constipation/diarrhea,... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Life style: Functional bowel disorder, not anatomic or organic disease. Doesn't cause or lead to inflammatory bowel disease, celiac sprue, cancer, etc. Can co-... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
GI Sx, hit lifestyle: Can cause pain, bloat, diarrhea, constipation. Might impact lifestyle, interactions at home, work. Generally does not cause weight loss, bleeding, ane... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Bacteria/toxins: Most are due to eating a toxin produced by a bacteria e.g. Staph (causes fever, lots of vomiting, diarrhea), or ingesting a dose of bacteria itself, e... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Degrees of abnormal: Latent: abnormal blood test/antibody tests, but normal biopsy and no symptoms or signs.Children diagnosed with celiac sprue as children; tolerated int... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
MD, SONO, AFP lab: Liver cancer (ca) in hep c generally occurs if there is cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver. Hep b can get ca without cirrhosis. Check with md for vira... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Eat your veggies: Population studies show groups that eat high fiber, grains, fruit, veggies, legumes have lower rates. Calcium foods (no/low fat dairy), may help. Lo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Apples and oranges: Ibs: irritable bowel syndrome is not inflammation. Anatomy normal, but functional abnormality. Can occur after a GI infection.Sx occur on and off. Uc... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Diarrheas: In us, commonest causes are campylobacter (undercooked chicken), norovirus, clostridium perfringens, salmonella (undercooked eggs, poultry sprouts), t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Maybe. See your doc: From the picture, you're a canine? See your vet. If you're a human, see your doc. Clay colored stools can be a sign of serious problems, including bl... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Surgical improvement: Ileostomy takedown is a surgical procedure to reattach the ileum to another part of the bowel, either ileum or part of the colon.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Unknown/years likely: Barrett's esophagus is a response to chronic reflux. Esoph cells start to look like stomach or intestinal cells. Problem is there still in the esoph... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Informed consent: Talk to your doc. At the least, you need to know the nature of procedure, indication for it, alternatives to it (including not doing it), material ri... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Omega 6 diet sources: Omega 6 (o-6) fatty acids are mostly in "land" foods, animal products, e.g. Beef, pork, poultry, eggs, dairy (other than non fat- skim milk etc.), b... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Surgical Rx for IBD: Ileo anal reservoir is a surgical rx for patients with ulcerative colitis -uc (typically). Uc pts with long term and/or extensive disease have increa... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
See your doc: Can't tell when you are ready for a liver transplant. There are different gradations of severity of biliary atresia, and liver abnormalities due to i... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
No sympt? do nothing: See your doc. If you have no symptoms, e.g. Recurring pain, or blockages, then no need to do anything. Got symptoms? Individualized evaluation and tr... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Gas, bloat: Flatulence can be assoc with lots of causes, dietary as well as system. Commonly associated symptoms include belching, burping, "indigestion", bloati... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Bland, fluids: Assuming it is true "food poisoning" (gastroenteritis), not active inflammatory disease, etc., brat diet, bananas, rice(white), applesauce, tea, toast... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Peginfr/riba/protinh: The new standard of care for untreated hep c, and for relapse, or failed rx in the past is a combination of pegylated interferon (longer acting than r... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Maybe: Could be chair support, height, workspace, posture.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Common, aggravates: Agree with other answers. If overweight or obese, often get at least some symptom relief with weight loss, likely a combo of diet change and the weig... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Depends on CA, Rx: Depends on what you have re: hep c and the cancer; as well as the treatments. Co-ordinate your hepatologist (liver specialist) and oncologist (cancer... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Aggravate, not cause: Ibs patients can have food, emotional triggers; can vary with hormones/menstrual cycle. Some are bothered by cold foods, "gassy" foods (beans, grains,... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Anti reflux Rx: Be is a complication of chronic reflux; may be painless. Cells in lower esophagus look like intestinal cells, would be ok if they weren't esoph. Cells... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Not as well as cook: Freezing may kill some, but cooking is best. Freezing and refrigeration slows down bacterial growth.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Apples/oranges: Bacterial food borne illness often from undercooked, and/or contaminated food. Any uncooked animal product considered contaminated. Any raw, unwashe... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Cirrhosis: Hepatitis c commonly causes chronic liver disease. Over time, if untreated, and with ongoing inflammation, can lead to scarring (cirrhosis). Hep c p... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Yes, but uncommon: About 150000 new cases of colon/rectal ca in us/yr. 90% are age 50 and up. + family history, especially of early ca increases risk. Longstanding ibd... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Hist/phys/diet/labs: Thorough history, including timing of sympt, effects position, diet, travel. History re: medl conditions, surgical history, meds, supplements, beverag... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
No: Wrong place? It's meant to be subcutaneous (under the skin). It won't kill you; don't give it in your eyeball or anything like that.
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A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Pass gas: Assuming the pains are truly gas pains: gas pains can be quite painful. Carminatives help to pass gas. These can include fennel, fenugreek, cinnamon.... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
GI doc: Vomiting blood may be a serious issue, reflecting e.g. Ulcer of stomach or duodenum, lacerated blood vessel, varicose veins of esophagus or stomach, i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Can be: May present with diarrhea, pain, bleeding (occult or visible), obstruction, or perforation. May be subtle, present with cramps, weight loss; usually n... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Diet, fluid, other?: For some people normal bowel habit is not daily-how they are built, so to speak. For many, it can be low fiber, inadequate fluids, inactivity, low oi... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
On awakening?: Pain on the bottom of the foot, and bottom of the heel, worse on first steps is often plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the thick lining on the botto... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Very limited: Food is a combo of protein, carb, fat. Low sugar-easy. Low fat-easy, low carb-easy, high protein and vegan with all the other restrictions-really hard... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Dr. Martin Fried
Nov 7, 2014
he is a surgical expert who is knowledgeable in Hepatitis, Inflammatory bowel disease, Diet, Nutrition We are fortunate to have him contributing to the health tap community.
Mar 24, 2013
Dr. Heller is a significant asset to HealthTap. I always enjoy and learn from his comprehensive and easy-to-understand answers. Well done!
Jul 2, 2014
An excellent gastroenterologist who provides insightful and educational answers.
HealthTap member
Thanks, I've seen my doctor about it twice, was treated for ulcers even though tests were negative, and told to go to the emergency room if the pain came back to get an ultrasound. It's happened twice...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you for the answer... I have been to see the surgeon and my dr and neither one can pinpoint whats going on. The pain is so severe it doubles me over and I'm in tears. They did the surgery with t...Read More
HealthTap member
thank you for answering. I will be 28 at the end of february female my momis lactose intolerant and I have slight symptoms as well. I also xexperience heartnurn everyday. Lately I have been feeling s...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

SUNY Downstate Med. Ctr.
Completed 1981

Residency

SUNY Downstate Med. Ctr
Completed 1982

Awards

Health Tappy Award 2011 Top Gastroenterologist
Guide to America's Top Physicians, Consumers' Research Council of America
Guide to America's Top Gastroenterologists

Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Physicians
Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
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