Thought Leadership: The Fuel That Propels GANJ

Here at Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ), we don’t like to just think of ourselves as thought leaders: We like to prove it. Since the inception of our practice in 2008, we’ve always strived to be one step ahead. Our nine founding physicians—many still with us today—set the ground work for a culture that puts the patient first before …

The Impact of Ethnicity in Digestive Diseases

Is it possible some gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are hereditary and tied to your ethnicity? Let’s take a look: Historical graphs and analysis on the Gi Health Foundation website show that only as far back as 40 years ago, it was believed that Caucasians—especially northern European ancestry—were most prone to Crohn’s disease. It was also believed to be uncommon in African …

What Your Stool Says About Your Gut Health

What you find in the privacy of your bathroom may be telling you a story about the health of your digestive tract. The color and shape of your stool can be a way for your physician to know that something may be wrong with your digestive system. However, since bringing in a stool sample isn’t always an option, the Bristol …

The Benefits of Exercise for Gastrointestinal Health

If your brain is the engine, then your digestive system is the battery. Our gastrointestinal (GI) tract must be in tip-top shape or our whole body suffers. For ages, researchers and dieticians have tried to find the right diets and medications to treat various illnesses of the GI tract. Many, on the other hand, turn to exercise as a cure-all …

What Your Gut is Telling You 

Ever get a gut feeling about something? Like, you shouldn’t go out to that party or step foot on that roller coaster? There’s a reason our culture uses the figure of speech gut feeling. Our gut—or belly region—can tell us a lot. Our stomach is full of microbes, which are established and settled in when we hit the ripe old age …

The Double Balloon Enteroscopy: More Efficient Than the Capsule Endoscopy? 

What is double-balloon enteroscopy? Double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE)—also known as push-pull enteroscopy— is a new endoscopic technique that allows complete examination of the small bowel. Since its development in Japan in 2001, many gastroenterologists around the world perform the procedure. At Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ), Dr. Matthew Grossman not only performs DBE but has the highest volume of DBE procedures …

Gluten Sensitivity in Women 

Hormones, hormones and more hormones! We usually think that after puberty they’d quiet down, right? That our lives won’t be affected by them as much, right? Wrong. In men and women, hormones have a major impact in the ways our bodies age and handle stress from outside forces. For women, one of the must uncomfortable consequences of this may be due to …

Meet Our Nutritionist

Susana Mendelson, MS, RD, CDE, is the nutritionist for Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ). Since joining our practice in August of 2015, Susana has been working closely with our patients and physicians to build and maintain a nutritional program based on patient needs. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her master’s degree in nutrition from New …