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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Jang's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, cryotherapy, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). 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 is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Jang completed his residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Jang (or staff) speaks Korean and German. Dr. Jang is professionally 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)

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

Dr. Charles Miller's specialty is surgery. His clinical interests include extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and hepatitis C. Dr. Miller honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Cleveland Super Doctors; Named a Top Doctor by; and Cleveland Magazine. Dr. Miller (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Arabic, and Korean. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Andreas Tzakis is a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Tzakis include 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 in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Tzakis graduated from the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. For Dr. Tzakis's residency, Dr. Tzakis trained 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 has received the following distinctions: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Tzakis (or staff) speaks Greek and French.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Conrad Simpfendorfer's medical specialty is surgery. His areas of expertise include extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, inguinal hernia, and liver tumor. The average patient rating for Dr. Simpfendorfer is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Simpfendorfer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. Dr. Simpfendorfer is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Liver Tumor, Appendicitis, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Gallstones, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bijan Eghtesad's specialty is surgery. He attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Eghtesad trained at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Eghtesad include extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, pancreas transplant, and gallbladder cancer. Dr. Eghtesad is rated highly by his patients. 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 professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors. He is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatectomy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gallbladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Transplant Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; # A110
Cleveland, OH
 

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

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer, small intestine disorders, short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Abdominal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Cristiano Quintini works as a surgeon. Dr. Quintini (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Quintini's areas of expertise include extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and hepatitis C. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He attended medical school at the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Quintini is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, ... (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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