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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz

Gastroenterology
Pawtucket, RI
23 years experience male

Locations

Gastroenterology Associates

pawtucket, RI

Address

333 School Street, pawtucket, RI, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(401) 454-0410

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Rhode Island

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts

UnitedHealthcare

Medicare

Neighborhood Health Plan

Harvard Pilgim Health Care

Tufts Associates Hmo Inc

Fallon Community Health Plan

Gastroenterology Associates

Pawtucket, RI

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Specialties
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Gastroenterology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

238 Answers
489 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Yes: Hemorrhoids are quite common and don't necessarily require treatment unless they are causing symptoms. Pregnancy and childbirth is often a precipitant... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
? pregnant: I hope you have done the obvious, checked to make sure you are not pregnant. Also, lactose intolerance and celiac disease are 2 underdiagnosed reasons... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Yes: Call your ob. With the severe reflux, you may have erosive esophagitis. With the vomiting, you can develop a tear in the esophagus. Either way, you ne... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
See your doc: Sounds like hyperemesis gravidarum which happens during early pregnancy. You may need intravenous fluids and antinausea meds until this subsides.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Gall bladder?: Could be gall bladder or possibly an ulcer. See a doc for some labs and an ultrasound.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
See md: Impossible to know what the cause is without more info and examination but if you are having significant bleeding this requires medical evaluation. Ca... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
No: Hepatitis c is a type of liver disease. The virus infects the cells of the liver and damage results. Other things can cause liver disease as well incl... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Depends on cause: Impossible to fix the problem unless we know why you have it. Without more information and an examination, there are too many causes to list answers f... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Seek medical care: Vomiting blood is a red flag and deserves immediate evaluation especially with pain afterward. You could have an ulcer or a tear in the esophagus.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
C MD: If you are concerned about a possible ectopic pregnancy then you need to be checked immediately. Did they not do a pregnancy test before the ct scan? ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Rule out heart: Unclear about risk factors for heart disease such as smoking, age, cholesterol, diabetes but always want to rule out cardiac issues first. Also, how l... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Green stool: Green stool may simply be a sign of rapid transit such as what would occur during a diarrheal illness. Bile, made in the liver, is a greenish color a... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Many ways: Depends on type of colitis (infectious, inflammatory, ischemic), location of disease (rectum, left sided, entire colon), duration of disease and other... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Regurgitation: When you burp, you are relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter (muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that keeps food and gas in the stomach for diges... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Gall bladder: Could be nothing but ulcers and gall bladder come to mind. Could also just be gas pains! any red flags: vomiting, weight loss, black stools, difficult... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
No: This is a self limited virus that typically has no chronic form. Once you have recovered you should have a healthy liver. Remember to drink moderately... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Yes: Stimulants and artificial sweeteners can cause diarrhea. Excess of either coffee or diet soda should be avoided.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Very: Partial liver transplants (living donor liver transplant) can be as effective as deceased donors but careful selection of both donor and recipient is ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Safe sex: It is possible for transmission of sexually transmitted disease through oral sex. However, semen is mostly made up of proteins and sperm and will be d... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Acid?: Lots of things can cause stomach aches but many people have acid related stomach aches after an overnight fast. Does eating in the morning relieve you... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Need more info: There are dozens of things that can give you a stomach ache. Need to know age, sex, other medical conditions, etc. Unfortunately, i can't narrow thing... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Not necessarily: Could happen but not necessarily. But if you are repeatedly vomiting, more testing is needed.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Lots: Could be appendicitis, ovarian torsion, crohn's disease, diverticulitis, kidney stones, gas pains or more. Need to see a doc for a proper exam to narr... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Need more testing: Those symptoms require more testing. Ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, gall bladder disorders, etc. Can all cause symptoms but more focused testing ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Possibly: The esophagus travels down the back of your insides, just in front of your spine. Reflux or esophagitis can cause pain in the back. I guess it depends... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
No: There will be external scars from where the organ retrieval process occurred but a normal burial is possible, open casket and all if so desired.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Pain diarrhea: Ileitis is inflammation of the ileum (part of the small intestine). It can cause abdominal pain, fever and diarrhea.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Many causes: Need a full exam and history. Could be appendix, crohn's disease, bowels, urinary tract or other. Lasting pain deserves attention. Especially if bleed... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Lots: Chronic abdominal pain can come from a long list of causes including but not limited to gyn causes, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndro... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Probably not: I often recommend patients avoid the er if at all possible. If you can wait until the next day to see your doc or urgent care center, you will not hav... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Possibly: If you have a stricture (narrowing) then high fiber foods or poorly digested vegetables can get stuck in the stricture. Other foods (dairy) can exacer... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
? colitis: This sounds like a form of colitis and needs evaluation by a doctor with lab tests and possibly stool tests or a ct. Other things are possible includ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Thirsty.....: Dizzy, lightheaded, weak, faint, short of breath, cramps etc.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Overlapping: You will have pain with swallowing if you have epiglotitis. However, epiglotitis is not the only cause of painful swallowing (odynophagia). Radiation,... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Maybe: Not sure when you are referring to loud breathing but you could have an airway disorder, nasal polyps, asthma, sleep apnea. Worth getting checked sinc... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Blood: A blood test can check for hepatitis a. But other things need to be excluded. Please get this checked tomorrow.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Enema/suppository?: Why is the poop not coming out? Have you seen a doctor or had a rectal exam? Constipation is common and you need to increase the fluid you consume in ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Protection: The stomach has several layers of protection against the acid made in the stomach. Some of these layers of protection can be reduced from medications ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Perhaps/no: The severity of esophageal cancer - as most cancers- depends on the stage (extent of spread). Limited disease has a better prognosis. You can live wit... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
They are not good: Markers are often used to monitor disease when the disease is known. Randomly checking all the tumor markers out of context will lead to many falsely ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Fluid: Hydrothorax refers to fluid around the lung tissue. It can happen from heart failure, pneumonia or other causes (liver disease, cancers, etc.).
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
See doc: Especially if soon after surgery. Could be wound infection, lung infection, bowel infection etc.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Dehydration: The skin is an important organ for keeping us hydrated. You will loose a significant amount of fluid from skin burns so hydration is important to main... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Pleurisy: Can be caused by multiple things: pneumothorax (collapsed lung), pulmonary embolism (blood clot to lung), pneumonia, inflammation around lung, etc. So... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Nutrition: The liver requires adequate nutritional support daily. Avoid salt and alcohol. Do not restrict protein unless specifically advised by a doctor.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Symptoms or exam: Classic symptoms of an anal fissure include bleeding and painful bowel movements especially after straining. A fissure can typically be diagnosed on r... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
If it changes rx: In general a liver biopsy is useful to "stage" liver disease. It is the best way to assess how much damage hepatitis has caused to the liver. However ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Different meds: Peg-intron (alpha 2b) is given as a weight based medication. Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) (alpha 2a) is given as a fixed dose. The difference has t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Tube placed: A manometry tube is placed in the nose and passed into the stomach. Occasionally, it can go through the mouth. Many times, numbing meds can be used to... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Small compared: With food that you typically eat and swallow and smaller then most endoscopes for traditional endoscopy. The manometry catheter is designed to go into... Read More

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Jul 5, 2012
Well trained and well-respected gastroenterologist.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kalmowitz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kalmowitz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you! Saw Gastro after posting this question and stool study shows some type of bacterial infection. Didn't specify what type but I will pick up copy of results at next appt. thanks again!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have suffered since November, 2012, in hospital twice since January and ran tests still cant tell me or help with this pain.
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Ty..Iget iron infusions weekly. But they say its not from those three things. They give me no answers. Going on for yrs. So tired. Just wa

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2002

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Rhode Island - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Rhode Island - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Rhode Island - Winter
2013

Affiliations

ACG American College Of Gastroenterology
Crohn's And Colitis Foundation Of America
Rhode Island Medical Society
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