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We found 64 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Bronze HMO near Decatur, GA.

Dr. Field Farrar Willingham, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road; Building B Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Field Willingham is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Willingham include gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and gallbladder problems. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Willingham is affiliated with Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal motility disorders, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Biliary Disorders, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Richard Spivey, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; Building B
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. James Spivey's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology; he sees patients in Atlanta, GA. His areas of expertise include hepatitis, liver tumor, and liver cancer. Dr. Spivey's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Spivey honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: House Officer Teaching Award, Bowman Gray School of Medicine; Osler Award, Department of Medicine, Bowman Gray School of Medicine; and Outstanding Resident in Internal Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Tumor, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hetal A Karsan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Hetal Karsan is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Karsan attended Indiana University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karsan include gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and hepatitis. Dr. Karsan's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Karsan's professional affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hypertension, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Norman L Elliott, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
550 Peachtree Street Ne, Emory University Hospital, Midtown; Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Norman Elliott is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Emory University Hospital Midtown. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patients gave Dr. Elliott an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Endoscopy

Dr. Joel Patrick Wedd, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; Suite A1500
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Joel Wedd is an adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology specialist. His clinical interests include esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver tumor. Dr. Wedd is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Holderness Medical Fellowship, University of North Carolina. Dr. Wedd is professionally affiliated with Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Liver Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robin Elizabeth Rutherford, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; Suite B1266
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Robin Rutherford, who practices in Atlanta, GA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rutherford has a special interest in colon cancer, crohn's disease, and colonoscopy. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Rutherford attended Duke University School of Medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rutherford takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jay Arthur Cherner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3491 Buckhead Loop
Atlanta, 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. Ryan M Ford, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1365 Clifton Road; 1st Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Ryan Ford, who practices in Atlanta, GA and Scottdale, GA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. His areas of expertise include esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver cancer. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Ford performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Medical Director of the Center for Viral Hepatitis, EUH Midtown; Director of Emory Transplant Center Grand Rounds; and Attending of the Year Emory, Digestive Diseases. Dr. Ford is affiliated with Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Jay Morris, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
550 Peachtree Street Ne, Emory University Hospital, Midtown; Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Steven Morris is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Morris include peptic ulcer, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and inflammatory bowel disease. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. He has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Morris is affiliated with Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Photodynamic Therapy, Endoscopy, Peptic Ulcer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
550 Peachtree Street; Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Enrique Martinez is an adult gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis, colon cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Martinez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Martinez accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Martinez completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Martinez is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Transplant, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer

Dr. Sonali Suresh Sakaria, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; Clinic B - Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Sonali Sakaria, who practices in Atlanta, GA and Dunwoody, GA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Sakaria's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and colonoscopy. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Her professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal motility disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Tumor, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julia F F Massaad, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road, Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Julia Massaad works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Massaad speaks Arabic. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, and colon cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Clinic and Emory University Hospital. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Massaad attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Massaad takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal motility disorders, peptic ulcer, colon cancer, small intestine disorders, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

All Interests: Stenosis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Intestine Disorders, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles A Fox, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
550 Peachtree Street; Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Charles Fox is an Atlanta, GA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fox's areas of expertise include esophageal varices, hepatitis, and colon cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. His residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Fox speaks Hebrew. Dr. Fox is affiliated with Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal motility disorders, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Tumor, Stenosis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Colitis, Liver Cancer, Small ... (Read more)

Dr. Tanvi Ashok Dhere, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road, Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Tanvi Dhere practices adult gastroenterology in Atlanta, GA and Dunwoody, GA. These areas are among Dr. Dhere's clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, peptic ulcer, and crohn's disease. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dhere takes. She graduated from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Dhere trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for her residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal motility disorders, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Small Intestine Disorders, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Tumor, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven A Keilin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Steven Keilin sees patients in Atlanta, GA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Atlanta Medical Center, Dr. Keilin attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and colon cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Keilin honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, small intestine disorders, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

All Interests: Stenosis, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Hypertension, Small Intestine ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer A Christie, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Jennifer Christie's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Christie's average patient rating is 1.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Christie include colon cancer, women's health issues, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Her professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Christie is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. She trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Motility ... (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.