We found 13 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Alpharetta, GA.

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Dr. Alan M Fixelle, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Preston Ridge Road; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Alan Fixelle practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fixelle is a graduate of New York Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Westchester Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fixelle include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. Patients rated Dr. Fixelle highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Fixelle speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and WellStar.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Stephen Joseph Rashbaum, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 290
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Stephen Rashbaum works as a gastroenterologist in Roswell, GA and Johns Creek, GA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rashbaum include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. Dr. Rashbaum is professionally affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Stenosis, Colitis, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jay Arthur Cherner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Preston Ridge Road; Suite 270
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Jay Cherner practices adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heartburn, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Dr. Cherner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Healthcare, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Patient reviews placed Dr. Cherner at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cherner takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Cancer, Hepatitis, Heartburn, Acid Reflux

Dr. Melvin Dana Bullock, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11685 Alpharetta Highway; Suite 320
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Melvin Bullock works as a gastroenterologist in Johns Creek, GA and Roswell, GA. His areas of expertise include esophageal varices, colon cancer, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and WellStar. Dr. Bullock takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bullock graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Stenosis, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Alexander Petrofski, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1380 Upper Hembree Road
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Jason Petrofski is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Petrofski has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include North Fulton Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Petrofski completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Anila H Qidwai, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1570 Old Alabama Road
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Anila Qidwai's area of specialization is family medicine. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), depression, and executive health. Patients gave Dr. Qidwai an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Qidwai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Johns Creek Hospital, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer

All Interests: Depression, Executive Health, Family Planning, Hypertension, Dementia, Diabetes, Obesity, Shingles, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Donald Williams, MD
Specializes in Surgery
5755 North Point Parkway; Suite 223
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Michael Williams practices surgery in Alpharetta, GA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williams include gallbladder problems, thyroid surgery, and laser surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Before completing his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Dr. Williams attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer, gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Stenosis, Appendectomy, Hiatal Hernia, Pancreatic Surgery, Rectal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ahad Masroor Khan, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
11780 Northfall Lane; 304
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Ahad Khan is a general surgeon. Dr. Khan's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended medical school at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, Colitis, Hiatal Hernia, Colorectal Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3005 Royal Boulevard South; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu works as an internist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Uchegbu is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and a graduate of St. John's Episcopal Hospital's residency program. Dr. Uchegbu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. Dr. Uchegbu is professionally affiliated with Spalding Regional Hospital, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Savitha Shama, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
735 North Main Street; Suite 1100
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Savitha Shama specializes in general practice and general internal medicine. Dr. Shama's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, menopause, and depression. She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Mysore Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Shama (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Kannada, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Menopause, Depression, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark L Gravlee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 420
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Mark Gravlee sees patients in Roswell, GA. His medical specialty is general surgery. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for residency. These areas are among Dr. Gravlee's clinical interests: breast surgery, colon cancer, and breast issues. Patient ratings for Dr. Gravlee average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gravlee is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Colon Cancer

Dr. Sudha Madhuri Cheekati, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2795 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Sudha Cheekati's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Cheekati (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Cheekati's clinical interests include prostate problems, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and genital warts. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Cheekati's education and training includes medical school at Andhra Medical College and residency at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Menopause, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Allergies, Genital Warts, Family ... (Read more)

Dr. Orreth Bruce Case, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5755 N Point Parkway; Suite 98
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Orreth Case is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Alpharetta, GA. Dr. Case's areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Emory Johns Creek Hospital, North Fulton Hospital, and Atlanta General Surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Aetna Medicare. He graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and Morehouse School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal problems, gastrointestinal motility disorders, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Wounds, Colitis, Hiatal Hernia, Pancreatic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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