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We found 2 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Cleveland, OH.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9500 Euclid Avenue; Q3-1
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Sunguk Jang is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Jang is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, cryotherapy, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Jang attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Jang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and German. He is professionally affiliated with Euclid Hospital, Marymount Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code A-51
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. David Barnes specializes in adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Barnes's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal varices, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and hepatitis C. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Barnes attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Cleveland Super Doctors; Top Docs; and Cleveland magazine. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Clinical interests: Ascites, Bile Duct Stones, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.