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We found 12 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 sees patients in Atlanta, GA and Alpharetta, GA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fixelle is rated highly by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and WellStar. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Westchester Medical Center for residency. Dr. Fixelle has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Rashbaum accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He is 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cherner obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is especially interested in heartburn, colon cancer, and hepatitis. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Cherner takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bullock include esophageal varices, ulcers, and colon cancer. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Bullock's education and training includes medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and WellStar.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, 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's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Petrofski's clinical interests include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with 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 is a surgeon. After attending West Virginia University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williams include gallbladder problems, thyroid surgery, and laser surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Williams is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to 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 specializes in general surgery and practices in Alpharetta, GA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khan include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. He is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, 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's specialties are general practice and general internal medicine. She practices in Alpharetta, GA. The average patient rating for Dr. Shama is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shama's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, menopause, and depression. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Mysore Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Shama (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Shama is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , 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 specializes in general surgery and hospital medicine (hospitalist) and practices in Roswell, GA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gravlee include breast surgery, colon cancer, and breast issues. Dr. Gravlee is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and performed his residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. He is 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 practices general internal medicine in Duluth, GA and Alpharetta, GA. Her education and training includes medical school at Andhra Medical College and residency at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cheekati 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 takes. Dr. Cheekati (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Cheekati is professionally 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 specializes in general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Uchegbu an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Uchegbu include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Spalding Regional Hospital, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Dr. Uchegbu (or staff) is conversant in 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 a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Alpharetta, GA. Dr. Case's areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Johns Creek Hospital, North Fulton Hospital, and Atlanta General Surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Aetna Medicare. He attended medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Case trained at Grady Memorial Hospital for his residency.

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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.