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Dr. Charles Cattano

Gastroenterology
York
39 years experience male

Locations

WellSpan Gastroenterology

York

Address

2350 Freedom Way, Suite 200, York
Directions

Fax

7177413075

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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Coventry Health Care

Golden Rule Insurance Company

HealthPartners

UnitedHealthcare

USAA Insurance

Medicare

Medicaid

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

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About

Bio

Dr. Cattano is the Immediate-Past Chief of Medicine at Anne Arundel Medical Center, a Johns Hopkins affiliated hospital in Annapolis, MD. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG), and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF), he has repeatedly been voted by his peers the "Top Doc in Gastroenterology" at both local and state levels. Additionally, he has enjoyed HealthTap's "Top Gastroenterologist in the Nation" ranking for many years running. Dr. Cattano is highlighted in over a dozen Who's Who directories, served as Principal Investigator for numerous clinical trials, and is a longstanding member of Mensa. He completed in 1989 two fellowships simultaneously in adult gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and in Metabolic Diseases at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, preceded by residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, and medical school at SUNY-Upstate in Syracuse. He has served on faculties of Duke University and University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he consults nationally in clinical gastroenterology, internationally on pharmaceutical development, and adjudicates for multiple states, the Veterans Administration, and Social Security regarding peer review and quality determinants. He loves to teach, serves on numerous speakers panels, and has contributed to leadership and health programs at the rank of Captain in the US Air Force's auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol. Dr. Cattano holds active medical licenses in DE, MD, PA, NC, VA.

Specialties
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Gastroenterology

Licenses

United States: Delaware, Maryland

Doctor Q&A

6.8K Answers
7.2K Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
LLQ discomfort: Causes of recurrent llq abdominal discomfort may be identified by first addressing accompanying signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: v... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
As diarrhea or balls: ...the answer you seek depends on whether your stool "in pieces" is Bristol Stool Scale #1 or 7--see chart attached.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Here's a link...: http://www.discuss-health.com/2011/10/cold-stomach-causes-symptoms-and-treatments/. Any other or related symptoms of concern?
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Bile?: The amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Benefits of laughter: Laughter can actually reduce the amount of stress hormones. In fact, research shows that good humor & laughter may: induce relaxation, boost the i... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Avoid re-operation!: Patience! great you want to stay physically fit ; get back to weightlifting right away. However, i'm sure your surgeon told you how long to hold off o... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Maybe have an ulcer?: Burning may indicate an ulcer, or at least significant dyspepsia.Ulcers can bleed (sometimes massively), perforate the stomach, obstruct stomach empty... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
The answer changes..: ...Appropriate to what anti-viral treatment you received (conventional, and in what combination, or experimental?), how you tolerated the drugs (did y... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not normal: Nausea may be gi-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, due to biliary & pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small bowel prob... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
How small?: Small bone fragments may pass harmlessly through your gut. However, if they turn sideways, they may get stuck at any point. This may cause local infla... Read More
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Change or usual 4 U?: Amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of GI tract, medications ; supplements, gut flora (unique for each individual),... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Diabetes Statistics: 1) 29.1 million Americans have diabetes; 2) 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes; 3) 1 in 4 Americans 65 year old and older have diabetes; 4) $245... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Situational vomiting: Vomiting reflex is controlled by two units in the brain medulla--one receives nerve impulses from the GI tract, other is a chemical receptor. Both ha... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Possibility here: Your lumps or "little balls" under the skin may be simple lipomas, but we can't tell thru this venue. Examination is requisite for definitive diagnos... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Regurgitation: GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)=stuff (whether acid or not) regurgitates back into esophagus due to inappropriate relaxation of lower esophagea... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
5 signs to watch for: You may have an eating disorder if you answer yes to two or more of the following: 1) do you force yourself to vomit because you're uncomfortably full... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Depends...: If you'll receive conscious sedation in an outpatient setting, this is traditionally managed by your gastroenterologist. However, mac (monitored ane... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Yes, but...: When you say "swelling" are you relating your abdominal circumference to feelings of distension, fluid retention, constipation, overeating, or do you ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Dehydration risk...: Abdominal pain is never normal, & excruciating pain even less so. Lots of things cause vomiting and abdominal pain--see earlier healthtap answers. Bi... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Sometimes...: Causes of recurrent lower abdominal discomfort may be identified by first addressing accompanying signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved:... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not satisfied w/MD?: There are no perfect tests & few perfect doctors. Most practitioners want you to candidly share your concerns so as to best direct you appropriately. ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Jaundiced?: His/her symptoms, when considered together, suggest early onset jaundice due to a liver problem, bile duct/gallbladder problem, or pancreatic disease.... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Cramps and nausea: There are lots of reasons for abdominal discomfort, and not all of them are due to the GI tract. Even "functional" syndromes may be present without un... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Celiac + what else?: Celiac disease (cd) is an immune-mediated enteropathy that inflames and destroys the lining of the small intestine. It is triggered in genetically-de... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Possible...: Gastric delay to due inflammation? Belching is caused by release of swallowed gas after distension of the stomach with food. Magenblase syndrome is po... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not just about food: Body sculpting sounds promising (& there are gimmicks & diets that promise you their products can do this), but the only way to effectively spot-reduc... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Cutaneous signs...: Try: mastocytosis, erythema nodosum & multiforme, pyoderma gangrenosum, metastatic crohn's, acne fulminans, degos', amyloidosis, kaposi's sarcoma, her... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Don't take them?: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, i assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider & check... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Get evaluated please: It's normal to be concerned about your health, and to worry why you feel bad. The possibilities are numerous--ranging from acid reflux (i.e., heartbur... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Likely IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, & among others accompanying nausea, bloating,... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
What's in the pills?: Please read the label on your digestive enzymes for their contents. If they contain an acid blocker component, you've got your answer (stopping the p... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Anal sores?: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & recta... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Heartburn fixes: Short answer: avoid spicy & greasy foods, tomato-foods, mints, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, chocolate, late night meals before bed. Long answer: distin... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Depends...: It depends what variant of ibs you have. If due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) then antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. If... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Maybe yes...See doc: Causes of recurrent abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing accompanying signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ in... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Post-infectious IBS?: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc.... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Start w/ evaluation: There are lots of reasons for abdominal bloating ; many are not due to the GI tract. Bowel "problems" often accompany GI disorders--whether functional... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Swallowing trouble?: Swallowing trouble can reflect problems when moving food from mouth to upper esophagus (tranfer dysphagia) or when moving food down the esophagus (tra... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
What causes nausea?: Nausea/vomiting may be gi-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, due to biliary & pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small b... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Time to see doctor: It's impossible to give advice based on your limited information--what have u tried, where does it hurt, what are the accompanying symptoms? Persiste... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Diet and IBS: Dietary triggers for ibs symptoms are individualized, ; it's worthwhile keeping a food diary to see if correlates with certain foods. In general, GI s... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Related or not?: There are lots of possibilities here, all of which can be addressed by a physical exam and appropriate testing. Migraines for example can affect both ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
21 reasons 2 do yoga: #17: Eases cancer recovery. According to one study, breast cancer patients who practiced yoga for up to three hours a week while undergoing radiation... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Define clear liquids: "clear liquids" are any food that is not solid at room ; body temperature that will allow sunlight to pass through: ice pops, jello, broth without par... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Unclear if related: Its always best to get medically evaluated when faced with daily symptoms, as you describe. The differential diagnosis may include colon and small b... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Upper abdominal pain: Anatomically, upper abdomen includes: spleen, pancreas, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic ; hepatic flexures of the colon, associated vessels, liv... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Feeling gassy or?: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Good question, but..: Your test results are incomplete and possibly inconclusive relative to your present distress. You need further evaluation ; possibly a different appro... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Alarm signs to check: Recurrent abdominal discomfort is first addressed by accompanying signs/symptoms that may localize the organ involved: vaginal discharge or bleeding, ... Read More

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Mar 23, 2013
Dr Cattano provides thoughful, interesting, accurate and understandable responses on Healthtap. He is providing an excellent service to the public. I learn by reading his input. I recommend Dr. Catta...Read More
Apr 1, 2013
I enjoy reading Dr. Cattano's responses on HealthTap -- they teach me something every time. He's a wonderful physician and contributor here -- highly recommended!
Mar 12, 2014
A concise answer, compassion and experience is what you will get when Dr Cattano answers one of your questions. Such a great value to the HealthTap community!
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LERD seems to be getting better. I'm having a whole bunch of tests done before I retry PPIs. Was on PPIs for two weeks, and it seemed to make reflux worse but it was of non-acid variety. Actually, ...Read More
HealthTap member
mommyonthego I always end up with diarrhea and a sour burp that taste like egg.no what I do.it's more often then not. I am rarely able to have bowel movements. They are not frequent unless I get the s...Read More
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THANKS FOR RESPONDING. SINCE THE PERFORATION WAS MISSED AND IT DRAINED FOR 36 HRS, I NOW HAVE SEVERE SCAR ADHESIONS, DEVELOPED ARDS 2 DAYS AFTER ON RESPIRATOR FOR A WEEK. THEN WENT BACK IN FOR 2 LITER...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Upstate Medical University, NY
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Awards

FACP
FACG
AGAF

Affiliations

Association of Socially Active Physicians (ASAP)
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