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Dr. Joan Gelin

Emergency Medicine
Hartford, CT
26 years experience female

Locations

St Francis Hospital & Medical Center

Hartford, CT

Address

Emergency Department, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT
Directions

About

Bio

Brown University undergraduate degree in Psychology Excellence in Emergency Medicine, awarded in medical school, from Society of Academic Emergency Medicine SAEM 1996 Emergency Care and Trauma residency in Bronx, New York Board Certification in Emergency Medicine. and re-certification in 2011

Specialties
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Emergency Medicine

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135 Answers
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Green color: of your bowel movement is NOT normal. Please seek medical attention right away....
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Unclear causes: After having "depot" birth control injection medicine periods can become irregular. Pain and colored discharge are not normal after sexual intercours... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
More history needed: When does this happen? Are you resting, working with your hands, have they been wet, wearing tight gloves for some time, exposed to chemicals.... The... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Stomach cramps: You will need a medical evaluation. Unclear from your description what may be happening. More questions : are you able to eat, do you feel nausea, an... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Exam needed: With these complaints not much can be done without examining your child. Please goto emergency department ASAP. Take care -----
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Pregnancy test: There is no way to say if you are pregnant until you are tested. Please work closely with your OB/GYN physician to help you through this process. Be... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Bladder pressure: There are times when a person could have this sensation plus urgency to urinate. If there is no infection (confirmed by tests) then it could be do to ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Seek help now: With your Crohn's disease & ostomy any pain is worrisome. Possible problems include bleeding, twisting of you intestines, or bacterial infection. ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Palpitations: Glad to read that the 24-hour Holter monitor plus echocardiogram had unremarkable results. Difficult to say what could be causing your symptoms. It i... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Low albumin level : Albumin is a type of protein the liver produces. It’s one of the most abundant proteins in your blood. You need a proper balance of albumin to keep fl... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Exam: You will need to have this site examined right away. Unclear why the cut is still bleeding.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Mouth sore: Unclear from your description if you have tongue swelling. Also, not sure if you are able to swallow all other types of foods (besides spicy types). ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Exam needed: From your description it is not clear about timing, any treatments used to help your condition, if a doctor evaluation has occurred, or what your skin... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Location: Stitches for = large cuts, deep cuts, skin over the joint. Also if you reach the doctor within 6 hours from your accident then the skin can be manual... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Need another exam: Unclear what is happening. The skin needs to be closely examined to get the full scope of why the rash is appearing "worse." Please make an appointme... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Sliding scale: Difficult situation. In general an urgent care center would be the choice for non-emergent conditions. Try calling the center and see if they do "sli... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Urinary pain + other: The "text book" description of symptoms include : problems with urination, seeing blood each time you urinate, dribbling. Please keep in mind that ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Urgency vs emergency: Pre-hypertension generally goes above 120 systolic, 80 diastolic. Recent guidelines gave 140/90 and higher BP readings as hypertension. But the numb... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Doctor visit: Unfortunately the next step is not via computer, but to have a doctor actually view your skin. By seeing the lesions and pressing upon the skin the d... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Sensory changes: Another name : paresthesias. Direct trauma to your feet. Nerve damage from long-term diabetes (> 10 years). Other neurologic diseases (like multip... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
See a doctor: What you have described is not normal. Please seek medical attention immediately. Good luck ...
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Caution: These medicines are both from the same drug family. Please talk with the doctor who is prescribing this medicine to you. As long as the medications a... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Seek doctor visit: It sounds like it has been rough month for you. The neck pain can be due to anything, however when in context with memory problems i would get more h... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Get medical help: It is not normal to have sharp pains after having sexual intercourse. Please go see your private doctor or a general practitioner as soon as possible.... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: Urinating frequently can be due to a bacterial bladder infection, irritation of your urethra (from where the urine comes out of your body), urinary sp... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Muscle strain: As you run upright the core muscles of your back as well as abdomen. It may be that you are working your muscles in such posture that the muscles are... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Be safe: It is always a good idea to get yourself checked out after a tick bite. There is a simple blood test that can be done in a lab which will specificall... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Get help: Have the gynecology doctor work with you to figure out options. There are many types of birth control medicine, with varying side effects. Undergo an... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Need an exam: There are numerous organs in your body that can cause right-lower-quadrant pain. True to consider ovarian cyst or appendicitis. However only an exam b... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Scalp exam: Unclear what may be occurring without a physical exam. Skin problems really need to be evaluated in person. Please arrange a doctor visit ASAP.
A female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Blisters on vagina: Unclear what could be the cause. Could be a skin infection or a deeper bacterial infection (vagina, cervix). You will need to have a medical evaluat... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Stomach pain: Unclear from the information given in your statement. Please seek a doctor evaluation ASAP. Good luck.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Abdominal pain: The sensation of bloating can be caused by many things. Medical History concerns include current medicines, past surgeries, any allergic reactions, dr... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Irregular bleeding: there are many reasons for irregular vaginal bleeding. It is best for you to schedule an appointment with your GYN physician as soon as possible. Di... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Irregular periods: There is a long list of problems that can cause abnormal timing of vaginal bleeding. It is best to have a physician evaluation to help you discover w... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Need exam: Fumes from bleach usually cause irritation, but not more serious problems. However it is concerning that you have vision changes today. Regardless o... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Stabbing pain: More information is needed : did you have any extra activity / exercise / crushing injury to upper back, any extra lifting of objects over the past d... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Vaginal bleeding: Unclear why the timing of your period had changed. You will need to have an exam, and possible blood tests. Please seek medical care ASAP. Good luck..... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Joint cracking: Cracking sounds occur when a-bubbles form in joints as they are pulled apart, b-Rapid stretching of ligaments, and other possible etiologies. Old wiv... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Many emotions: 1.Talk about it: ask for support from people who care about & will listen. This gives comfort 2.Strive for balance. Easy to become overwhelmed wi... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Need more care: Your hand needs evaluation in real time with a physician. Muscle strain and nerve compression syndromes are common with factory workers (using hands ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Flush eyes...: Try flushing your eyes with tap water for 15 minutes. Then rest for the next hour. If there are still problems with your vision i would suggest seeki... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Unclear: Difficult to say what could be causing your symptoms. More information is needed. Hopefully you will be able to sit down for a medical evaluation an... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Foods to avoid: Consume only milk products made from pasteurized milk.Avoid pâtés; soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, and feta; & blue-veined cheeses such as R... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Fast weight loss: It is concerning that you lost 29 pounds, but it is not clear if this was intentional or over a short period of time. Back pain is common with period... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Need exam: If you are having any pain it is best to be examined as soon as possible. Yeast infections commonly have "white clumpy discharge" similar to cottage ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Eye burning: If your eyes have been examined by specialists, I hope that you mean an eye doctor. Usually this physician would use specific equipment to study / ex... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Veins under tongue: It is normal to have darkened looking veins under the tongue. Veins are carrying blood without oxygen, which gives the dark color. However it is alw... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Many reasons: Unclear what could be causing your breast heaviness. There are many reasons to feel this way, and not just from pregnancy. Schedule an appointment w... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Breast soreness: Many women have breast tenderness & pain, also called mastalgia. It may come + go with monthly periods (cyclic) or may not follow any pattern (non... Read More

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Jun 7, 2013
Dr Gelin is providing a valuable service to the public on healthtap. Her peer reviews are also very helpful. I recommend Dr. Gelin.
Excellent education and clinical experience.
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May 24, 2013
Dr Gelin goes beyond the call of duty to make sure her patients get the best possible evaluation and treatment. She is constantly updating her knowledge and skills by pursuing trainings on the most cu...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much for the reply it really has helped! Thanks again
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much. Guess it might be stress then. Thanks again.
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it was intentional, I have lost weight since jan. thanks for the help

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Brown University
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Excellence in Emergency Medicine - AAEM 1996
Top Doctor, Second Place, Hartford Region, CT - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Hartford Region, CT - Summer
2013

Affiliations

St Francis Emergency Medical Group
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