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Welcome Dr. Greenwald!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

 Alan Greenwald, MD, Digestive Disease Specialist, is now affiliated with Coastal Connecticut Research in New London as a study investigator. Dr. Greenwald will continue to maintain his private practice in New London, Digestive Diseases Associates, while participating as an investigator with Coastal Connecticut Research.

Dr. Greenwald is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is Chairman of the Gastroenterology Department at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Dr. Greenwald specializes in all aspects of diseases related to the liver and digestive tract, including nutrition and cancer screening. He will be involved in a constipation study at Coastal Connecticut Research. Dr. Greenwald has been selected as one of the Top Docs in Gastroenterology in Connecticut Magazine 2012-2016.

Coastal Connecticut Research, also known as CCRstudies, is a health care facility located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London specializing in clinical research trials. Robert M. Spitz, MD, serves as Medical Director of the site. To learn more regarding the constipation study at Coastal Connecticut Research or other research trials, visit or call (860)443-4567.

The Scoop on Poop

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

In a perfect world, we would all be bright, shiny, cheerful and have at least one really good bowel movement a day! Imagine how happy we would all be.  Does this sound too good to be true?  It is!  Currently over 42 million Americans poop less than three times per week.  And, for those individuals who are only moving their bowels three times per week, quite often their output is hard, small and painful to produce.  This, my friends, is constipation!

Okay, okay, we know…. when we were little kids growing up we decided it was really funny to talk about poop, or call someone a “poopyhead” (even though this wasn’t all that nice.)  As adults,  this once funny topic of poop can become quite frustrating, especially among those who have great difficulty having a bowel movement.

Having a regular bowel movement requires fiber.  That fiber can be produced as the result of consuming between 3 and 5 cups of fruits and vegetables each day. Those who rely on fast foods, processed foods and other “convenience” types of foods may find their diet is greatly lacking in fiber and essential nutrients.  People are also encouraged to drink plenty of fluids in order to get things moving!

In addition to limited fiber and poor diet, stress, travel and lack of activity are all said to contribute to constipation. There are also some individuals who become constipated due to the medications they are taking.

While a variety of factors can lead to the inability to poop, the end result is the lack of ability to move one’s bowel can create a tremendous amount of discomfort.

Coastal Connecticut Research will be conducting a future study on constipation.  The study doctors are Robert M. Spitz, MD and Alan Greenwald, MD.  If you would like to learn more about how to become a research volunteer and help others through your participation in research, contact a member of our team at (860)443-4567 or email  We would be happy to discuss the scoop on poop as well as other currently enrolling research trials.