Wajahat Z. Mehal, MD,PhD

Specialty

Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Transplant Hepatology

Conditions & Treatments

Digestive Diseases, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Liver Disease


Phone
(203) 785-4138
Accepting New Patients

Biography

Wajahat Zafar Mehal, MD, PhD, director of the Yale Weight Loss Program, focuses on trying to understand why so many people who are overweight develop liver disease, among other illnesses.

“I was seeing increasing numbers of patients who unsuspectingly developed liver disease due to being overweight,” explains Dr. Mehal. “This is now the most common cause of liver disease in the United States and can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Yale Medicine has the only practice I know of where patients with fatty liver can receive care for all aspects of liver disease, and have available all known effective means of weight loss.” Patients have a choice of help with nutrition, a meal replacement program, several medications, a mindfulness course and the gastric balloon.

Even a modest amount of weight loss can improve fatty liver and many other diseases, says Dr. Mehal, an associate professor of medicine (digestive diseases) at Yale School of Medicine. His most memorable patient was a 74-year-old woman with cirrhosis due to fatty liver. “She was barely able to walk. After she lost 40 pounds, her liver function improved dramatically and she is now leading a very full life,” he says.

Gender

Male

Language(s)

English

Affiliated With

Yale Medicine

Locations

Yale Digestive Diseases

789 Howard Ave
Dana Building 3rd Flr
New Haven, CT 06519

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Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fax
(203) 785-7273

Temple Medical Center

40 Temple St
Suite 1A
New Haven, CT 06510

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(203) 785-7273

Bridgeport Hospital

267 Grant Street
Digestive Diseases
Bridgeport, CT 06610

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(203) 384-4143

Yale Digestive Diseases

5520 Park Ave
Suite M2-500
Trumbull, CT 06611

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Fax
(203) 384-4696

Yale Digestive Diseases

633 Middlesex Tpke.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

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Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fax
(860) 388-8309

Yale Digestive Disease

2000 Post Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824

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Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fax
(475) 246-9339

Education & Training

Education

Oxford University - England

Residency

Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Fellowship

Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Accepted Insurance

Insurance coverage regularly changes, please contact the doctor’s office directly to verify that your specific insurance plan is accepted.

  • aetna
  • anthem bc/bs
  • berkeley care network
  • cigna healthcare
  • community care network
  • connecticare
  • corvel
  • first health network
  • focus healthcare
  • great west
  • husky
  • medicaid
  • medicare
  • multiplan
  • oxford health plans
  • railroad medicare
  • tricare/champus
  • united healthcare
  • us family health plan
  • wellcare