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. Jay Arthur Cherner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Preston Ridge Road; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Jay Cherner specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cherner has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherner include heartburn, colon cancer, and hepatitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a graduate of Montefiore Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Cherner speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Emory Healthcare and WellStar 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. Alan M Fixelle, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Preston Ridge Road; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Alan Fixelle's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of Westchester Medical Center's residency program. In Dr. Fixelle's practice, he is particularly interested in colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fixelle has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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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 J Rashbaum, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 290
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Stephen Rashbaum's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Rashbaum trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for his residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rashbaum accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare.

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

Dr. Melvin Bullock is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He studied medicine at Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Bullock's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His clinical interests include esophageal varices, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Dr. Bullock takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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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. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Petrofski include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Petrofski is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Petrofski is professionally affiliated with WellStar 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. Anila H Qidwai, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1570 Old Alabama Road
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Anila Qidwai specializes in family medicine and practices in Roswell, GA and Johns Creek, GA. In addition to English, Dr. Qidwai (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Qidwai include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), depression, and executive health. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. She attended Dow Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Patient ratings for Dr. Qidwai average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Qidwai accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer

All Interests: Depression, Executive Health, Family Planning, Hypertension, Dementia, Diabetes, Obesity, Shingles, ... (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 and Johns Creek, GA. Patients gave Dr. Khan an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

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

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

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

Dr. Mark Gravlee's medical specialty is general surgery. These areas are among Dr. Gravlee's clinical interests: breast surgery, colon cancer, and breast issues. The average patient rating for Dr. Gravlee is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Gravlee's residency was performed at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar 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. Chukwudi Uchegbu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3005 Royal Boulevard South; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu is a general internist in Alpharetta, GA and Tucker, GA. Dr. Uchegbu attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Uchegbu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. Dr. Uchegbu is professionally affiliated with WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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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 specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Case is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and Morehouse School of Medicine and a graduate of Grady Memorial Hospital's residency program. He is affiliated with Emory Healthcare, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, and Atlanta General Surgery.

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

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

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

Dr. Michael Williams' specialty is surgery. His areas of expertise include gallbladder problems, thyroid surgery, and tumor. He is affiliated with Emory Healthcare. Dr. Williams attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Williams completed his residency training at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Williams is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer

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

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

Dr. Savitha Shama works as a general practitioner and internist in Alpharetta, GA and Johns Creek, GA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shama include prostate problems, menopause, and depression. Dr. Shama is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shama honors. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Shama attended Mysore Medical College for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Sudha Cheekati's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Cheekati attended Andhra Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and genital warts. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cheekati is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Menopause, Depression, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Allergies, Genital Warts, ... (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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