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

Dr. Jon Vincent Trankina, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4595 Towne Lake Parkway; Bld300, Suite 200
Woodstock, GA
 

Dr. Jon Trankina specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Trankina graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Trankina's professional affiliations include Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

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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, who practices in Marietta, GA, Austell, GA, and Acworth, GA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at Andhra Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Drexel University. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Meka (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi. She 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 is an adult gastroenterologist in Woodstock, GA, Marietta, GA, and Acworth, GA. He is professionally affiliated with Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital, WellStar Paulding Hospital, and WellStar Cobb Hospital. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Asfandiyar studied medicine at Khyber Medical College.

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

Dr. Dinesh Patel's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally 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.