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

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

Dr. Alan Fixelle's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fixelle include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. Dr. Fixelle takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Fixelle attended New York Medical College for medical school. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. He 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Rashbaum attended Boston University School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Rashbaum is 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rashbaum takes. He 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 sees patients in Alpharetta, GA, Cumming, GA, and Atlanta, GA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Dr. Cherner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cherner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Healthcare, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bullock include esophageal varices, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bullock honors. Dr. Bullock is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. For his professional training, Dr. Bullock completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Bullock is affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and WellStar.

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

Dr. Anila Qidwai practices family medicine. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Qidwai include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), depression, and executive health. Dr. Qidwai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Johns Creek Hospital, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Dr. Qidwai (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer

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

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

Dr. Jason Petrofski works as a colon and rectal surgeon in Cumming, GA and Roswell, GA. Dr. Petrofski obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Petrofski's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Fulton Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Williams' area of specialization is surgery. He attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Williams include gallbladder problems, thyroid surgery, and laser surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Williams is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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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 physician who specializes in general surgery. Dr. Khan is a graduate of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks 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. 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. On average, patients gave Dr. Shama a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shama include prostate problems, menopause, and depression. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Shama attended Mysore Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Shama (or staff) speaks Marathi, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Shama is 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, Hospital Medicine
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 420
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Mark Gravlee is a specialist in general surgery and hospital medicine (hospitalist). He works in Roswell, GA. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Gravlee's areas of expertise include breast surgery, colon cancer, and breast issues. His professional affiliations include WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and North Fulton Hospital. Dr. Gravlee honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

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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. Before performing her residency at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Dr. Cheekati attended Andhra Medical College for medical school. Dr. Cheekati's clinical interests include prostate problems, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and genital warts. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cheekati honors. Dr. Cheekati (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Menopause, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Allergies, Genital Warts, Family ... (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 in Alpharetta, GA and Tucker, GA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Uchegbu is professionally affiliated with Spalding Regional Hospital, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Dr. Uchegbu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Orreth Case is an Alpharetta, GA physician who specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Case's clinical interests 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 Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, Aetna Medicare, and more. Dr. Case 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.