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We found 35 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois near Creve Coeur, MO.

Dr. Jacquelyn Fitch Fleckenstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Professional Office Building 2
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Fleckenstein attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests encompass endoscopy and liver transplant. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fleckenstein accepts. Dr. Fleckenstein is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Endoscopy, Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant

Dr. Timothy Tobin Brady, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3023 N. Ballas Road; Suite 520d
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Timothy Brady is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is especially interested in cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Patients rated Dr. Brady highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brady is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for his residency. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, SSM St. Clare Health Center, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Cancer, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

Dr. Vladimir Markovicl Kushnir, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10 Barnes West Drive; Professional Office Building 2
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Vladimir Kushnir practices adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Kushnir attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kushnir include interventional endoscopy, gastrointestinal cancer, and weight management. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kushnir is conversant in Russian. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dayna S Early, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1020 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 3 Suite 100
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Dayna Early sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Early include interventional endoscopy, gastrointestinal cancer, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Early's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and performed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Weight Management, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexandra Marin Gutierrez, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alexandra Gutierrez is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist. Her areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Gutierrez accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Gutierrez attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gutierrez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Mauricio Lisker Melman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Mauricio Lisker-Melman's specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His areas of expertise include endoscopy. Dr. Lisker-Melman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lisker-Melman (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Endoscopy, Transplant Procedures

Dr. Chandra Prakash Gyawali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Chandra Gyawali is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Gyawali has indicated that his clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Gyawali attended medical school at Calicut Medical College. In addition to English, he speaks Nepali. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Acid Reflux

Dr. Daniel K Mullady, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Mullady is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: interventional endoscopy, gastrointestinal cancer, and weight management. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Mullady's education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Mullady is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chien-Huan Chen, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building Two
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Chien-Huan Chen is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and endoscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Chen is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen takes. He graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Chen is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Small Intestine Disorders

Dr. Kara Anne Regan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Women's Health
1040 North Mason Road; Building 1 Suite 206
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Kara Regan specializes in adult gastroenterology and women's health and practices in Creve Coeur, MO and Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Regan attended East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Regan honors. Dr. Regan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Gabriel David Lang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gabriel Lang is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lang has a special interest in interventional endoscopy. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lang's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Interventional Endoscopy, Small Intestine Disorders, Stent Placement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Koushik Kumar Das, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12634 Olive Boulevard
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Koushik Das is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Das has indicated that his clinical interests include interventional endoscopy and pancreatic cancer. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors TriWest, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Stent Placement, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ghadah A Al Ismail, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3015 N. Ballas Road; First Floor
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ghadah Al Ismail is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in acid reflux (GERD). Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Al Ismail honors. After attending King Faisal University College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Al Ismail completed her residency training at Caritas Carney Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Cancer, Swallowing Problems, Screening ... (Read more)

Dr. Sean Christopher Glasgow, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1040 N Mason Road; Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sean Glasgow is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Creve Coeur, MO and Saint Louis, MO. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Glasgow's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Fecal Incontinence, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Christopher Eagon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Bariatric Surgery
1040 North Mason Road; Building 1 Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. J. Eagon works as a general surgeon, oncologist, and bariatric surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His areas of expertise include hiatal hernia, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Eagon a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Cancer, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey D Bradley, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 101
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Bradley specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Dr. Bradley honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Bradley's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Thoracic Cancer, Proton Therapy, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

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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.