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We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum EPO near Cleveland, OH.

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

Dr. Sunguk Jang is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Cleveland, OH and Strongsville, OH. Clinical interests for Dr. Jang include esophageal cancer, cryotherapy, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jang takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Jang (or staff) speaks Korean and German. Dr. Jang is affiliated with Euclid Hospital, Marymount Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer, esophageal stricture (narrowing), gastritis, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code Wstn
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Andreas Tzakis is a physician who specializes in general surgery and transplant surgery. Dr. Tzakis speaks Greek. Dr. Tzakis's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Dr. Tzakis is professionally affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, and Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Tzakis is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tzakis's residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Tzakis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tzakis has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Liver Tumor, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Kidney ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code Hs1-02
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Charles Miller is a surgery specialist. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Miller's areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis C, adrenal cancer, and liver tumor. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His distinctions include: Cleveland Super Doctors; Named a Top Doctor by; and Cleveland Magazine. Dr. Miller (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Arabic, and Korean. Dr. Miller is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code A100
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Bijan Eghtesad's specialty is surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas transplant, gallbladder cancer, and bile duct cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Eghtesad average 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Eghtesad honors. He attended Shiraz University of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Eghtesad speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Resection, Gallbladder Cancer, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code Wstn
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Conrad Simpfendorfer works as a surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Simpfendorfer is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: inguinal hernia, liver tumor, and pancreatitis. Dr. Simpfendorfer is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. Dr. Simpfendorfer is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer, appendicitis

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Liver Tumor, Appendicitis, Gallstones, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

Dr. Koji Hashimoto, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; # A110
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Koji Hashimoto's specialty is transplant surgery. Dr. Hashimoto's areas of expertise include the following: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and soft tissue sarcoma. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Vanguard Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, International Liver Transplantation Society. In addition to English, he speaks Japanese.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer, small intestine disorders, short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Abdominal Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Bile ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code A100
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Cristiano Quintini is a specialist in surgery. These areas are among Dr. Quintini's clinical interests: hepatitis C, liver tumor, and pancreas transplant. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Quintini has received the distinction of Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award. In addition to English, Dr. Quintini (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Bile Duct Problems, Kidney ... (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.