Study: Patients Are More Likely Visit Physician of the Same Race

Doctors’ offices around the world strive to offer optimal comfort for patients and their families. From furniture to office décor and even the staff themselves, every aspect of a Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ) office has the patient’s comfort in mind. A study done in 2002 by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health first brought light to …

The Vegan Diet: What to Expect

Veganism is all the rage these days, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Since the later part of the 2000s, there has been a 350 percent increase in the number of self-described vegans in the U.K. alone, according to CNN. The inspiration to transition to veganism is less because of health and more because of: A …

GANJ Earns Two More Top Doc Awards: Why They Make a Difference

In June and July of 2018, Drs. Michael Mainero and Andrew Boxer each earned a Castle Connolly Top Doctors distinction. These are just two on a long list of Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ) physicians who have been awarded top doctor nominations since our group was founded in 2009. Just recently, NJ Top Docs awarded Dr. Joseph Shami and …

The Obera Balloon Procedure vs. The Gastric Sleeve Procedure

We’ve talked highly here at Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ) about the ORBERA® balloon procedure since our practice first offered it in January 2016. Numerous patients have come through our doors looking for a solution that provides the education, support, and results the ORBERA balloon provides. Many of these patients have already: a) Undergone the gastric sleeve procedure, or; …

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GANJ Releases Video Highlighting the Core Values of the Practice

In early March, seven of our 18 physicians met at the Endoscopy Center of Northern New Jersey, PA to film educational videos on various subjects, including: Colon cancer Constipation Diverticulitis Celiac disease When that was done, the team gathered for one last video where they would demonstrate the abilities, vision and scope of the practice they helped build nine years …

47 New Jersey Beaches Almost Banned Swimming Due to Fecal Bacteria

Your vacations are booked, your sunscreen is locked and loaded and your new bathing suit is screaming to be used. Suddenly, you hear it’s not safe to go swimming. Your reaction? Disappointment, anger and wanting some answers. Recently, local news outlets reported that the water off 47 of the state’s beaches showed high levels of the bacteria that is usually …

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American Cancer Society Lowers Screening Age to 45

Since 1994, colon cancer has been on the rise in individuals younger than 50. Still, the recommended age to begin screening was 50 years old. (Of course, depending on family history, younger individuals have been screened earlier.) Today, however, marks a significant day in the fight against colon cancer as the American Cancer Society has officially lowered the recommended screening …

GANJ Welcomes Ori Rackovsky, MD

We are proud to announce that on August 1, 2018, we will be adding a new physician to our team: Dr. Ori A. Rackovsky. Dr. Rackovsky will be joining Dr. Michael Mainero at his Woodland Park location. Dr. Rackovsky currently resides in Bronx, NY and is finishing up his fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where …

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GANJ Working Together With Horizon to Improve Patient Care

We are proud to announce that our superior physicians have been chosen to participate  in Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) Episodes of Care (EOC) programs. As an added bonus, the size and scope of Gastrointestinal Associates of New Jersey (GANJ) has earned us the title of largest participating group in one of these elite programs. What …

Foodborne Illness: What You Need to Know

I think we can all agree that farm-fresh foods are delightfully delicious and contain little to no processed food agents. They are healthy options to food stores littered with sugary, high-calorie foods. One could argue they’re perfect, right? Well, not exactly. Take Escherichia coli (E. coli), for example. These bacteria occupy the intestines of people and animals alike, typically with …