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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 sees patients in Atlanta, GA and Alpharetta, GA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fixelle has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fixelle include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and WellStar. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Fixelle is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of Westchester Medical Center's residency program. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Dr. Rashbaum is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rashbaum's education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University.

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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 works as an adult gastroenterologist in Alpharetta, GA, Cumming, GA, and Atlanta, GA. On average, patients gave Dr. Cherner a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include heartburn, colon cancer, and hepatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Healthcare, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Cherner studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Bullock's areas of expertise include esophageal varices, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bullock accepts. Dr. Bullock's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Qidwai average 2.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), depression, and executive health. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Qidwai graduated from Dow Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Qidwai completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Dr. Qidwai (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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 specializes in colon & rectal surgery and practices in Cumming, GA and Roswell, GA. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Petrofski's professional affiliations include North Fulton Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Petrofski trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency.

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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' specialty is surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: gallbladder problems, thyroid surgery, and laser surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Williams a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for residency. 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 (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital. He is a graduate of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan honors.

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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's specialties are general practice and general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Shama's clinical interests: prostate problems, menopause, and depression. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from Mysore Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Shama trained at a hospital affiliated with Morehouse School of Medicine. 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
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 420
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Mark Gravlee's area of specialization is general surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gravlee include breast surgery, colon cancer, and breast issues. His professional affiliations include WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and North Fulton Hospital. Dr. Gravlee takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and then 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. Chukwudi Uchegbu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3005 Royal Boulevard South; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu practices general internal medicine. Dr. Uchegbu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Uchegbu's professional affiliations include Spalding Regional Hospital, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital. He studied medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. Dr. Uchegbu's medical residency was performed at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Sudha Cheekati is a general internist in Duluth, GA and Alpharetta, GA. Her areas of expertise include prostate problems, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and genital warts. Dr. Cheekati honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College and a graduate of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Cheekati (or staff) speaks 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. Orreth Bruce Case, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5755 N Point Parkway; Suite 98
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Orreth Case is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Case include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital, North Fulton Hospital, and Atlanta General Surgery. Dr. Case accepts 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.