We found 63 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Willingham's clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and gallbladder problems. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Willingham speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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

All Interests: Enteroscopy, Biliary Disorders, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Tumor, ... (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 is an adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology specialist in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Spivey's areas of expertise include hepatitis, liver tumor, and liver cancer. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Spivey 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. His professional affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist and adult transplant hepatologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Karsan's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Karsan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center.

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

Dr. Joel Wedd specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology and practices in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Wedd's areas of expertise include esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver tumor. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Holderness Medical Fellowship, University of North Carolina.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

Dr. Jay Arthur Cherner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3491 Buckhead Loop
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Jay Cherner is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherner include heartburn, colon cancer, and hepatitis. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Cherner is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Cherner attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cherner's professional 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. Robin Elizabeth Rutherford, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; Suite B1266
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Robin Rutherford's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Rutherford include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and colonoscopy. Her professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Rutherford accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She obtained her medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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

All Interests: Colitis, Enteroscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Ryan M Ford, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1365 Clifton Road; 1st Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Ryan Ford's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal varices, hepatitis, and liver cancer. Dr. Ford's professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Ford completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ford 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.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Steven Keilin is a gastroenterologist. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and colon cancer. Dr. Keilin's professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. After completing medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Atlanta Medical Center. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Keilin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

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

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

Dr. Enrique Martinez is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. He works in Atlanta, GA. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, colon cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Martinez has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Martinez is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sakaria's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and colonoscopy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Sakaria attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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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, Enteroscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Tumor, Gastrointestinal ... (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' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Morris's areas of expertise include the following: peptic ulcer, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and inflammatory bowel disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Morris has received the distinction of 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

Dr. Qiang Cai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1365 Clifton Road; 1st Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Qiang Cai is an adult gastroenterologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cai include esophageal cancer, esophageal varices, and colon cancer. Dr. Cai honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended Medical College of Nanchang University for medical school and subsequently trained at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield for residency. He speaks Chinese. Dr. Cai's professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal motility disorders, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

All Interests: Tumor, Stenosis, Colitis, Pancreatic Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Biliary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Julia Massaad, who practices in Atlanta, GA and Dunwoody, GA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She speaks Arabic. Clinical interests for Dr. Massaad include esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, and colon cancer. She is affiliated with Emory Clinic and Emory University Hospital. She attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Massaad is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Stenosis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Tumor, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Charles Fox practices adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Fox include esophageal varices, hepatitis, and colon cancer. He has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fox honors. He attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Fox speaks Hebrew. He is professionally 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, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

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

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

Dr. Tanvi Dhere is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Dhere's clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, crohn's disease, and colonoscopy. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She is affiliated with 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, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Enteroscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Tumor, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (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 areas of expertise include colon cancer, women's health issues, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). She is affiliated with Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. She studied medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Christie's residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Patients gave her an average rating of 1.0 stars out of 5. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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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.

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