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We found 4 gastroenterologists who accept Humana Open Access near Acworth, GA.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4595 Towne Lake Parkway; Bld300, Suite 200
Woodstock, GA
 

Dr. Jon Trankina is an adult gastroenterologist in Woodstock, GA and Marietta, GA. He is affiliated with Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Trankina's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Madhuri Reddynaga Meka, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
4550 Cobb Parkway North; Suite 210-b
Acworth, GA
 

Dr. Madhuri Meka is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Marietta, GA, Austell, GA, and Acworth, GA. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Drexel University, Dr. Meka attended medical school at Andhra Medical College. Dr. Meka (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Meka is affiliated with Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital, WellStar Paulding Hospital, and WellStar Cobb Hospital.

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Dr. Sohail Asfandiyar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4550 Cobb Parkway North; Suite 210-b
Acworth, GA
 

Dr. Sohail Asfandiyar specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Woodstock, GA, Marietta, GA, and Acworth, GA. Dr. Asfandiyar is affiliated with Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital, WellStar Paulding Hospital, and WellStar Cobb Hospital. He studied medicine at Khyber Medical College. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Dr. Dinesh Govind Patel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1180 Ernest Barrett Parkway
Kennesaw, GA
 

Dr. Dinesh Patel is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.