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We found 42 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry Open Access HMO near Fairview Park, OH.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Khaled Issa is an adult gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Issa is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, hepatitis C, and upper endoscopy (EGD). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Issa accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Colon Polyps, Upper Endoscopy, Bile Duct Problems, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
18099 Lorain Avenue; Mail Code Fairview Mob #233b
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Radhakrishnan include foreign body ingestion, achalasia, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Dr. Radhakrishnan honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. For his professional training, Dr. Radhakrishnan completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. He has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors; Best Doctor, Pediatric Gastroenterology, 2009 onwards; and America's Top Gastroenterologists, Consumers' Research Council of America, 2006 onwards. Dr. Radhakrishnan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and MetroHealth.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, fecal incontinence, constipation, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD), gastroenteritis

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Hepatitis C, Metabolic Disorders, Celiac Disease, Percutaneous ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Edmond Blades' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Blades's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Blades is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon polyps, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Biliary Disorders, Bile Duct Problems, Weight ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Craig Harris works as an adult gastroenterologist. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Harris focuses on inflammatory bowel disease and esophagus problems. Dr. Harris is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harris takes. Dr. Harris studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Noma Dakhil's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Dakhil attended Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis C, and colonoscopy. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Colonoscopy

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Specializes in Urogynecology
18099 Lorain Avenue; Mail Code, Suite 212
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Marie Paraiso is an urogynecologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Paraiso is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Paraiso include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and female incontinence. Dr. Paraiso accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Paraiso include: Best Doctors in America; Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine; and Cleveland Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), colon polyps

All Interests: Rectocele, Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Colon Polyps, Incontinence, Urinary ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
20455 Lorain Avenue; 2nd Floor
Fairview Park, OH
 

Dr. Joseph Lahorra practices thoracic surgery in Akron, OH, Fairview Park, OH, and Cleveland, OH. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. He is affiliated with Fairview Hospital and MetroHealth. Dr. Lahorra attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lahorra completed residency programs at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Lahorra honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Aortic Valve Surgery, Lung Resection, Mitral Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Don Barber, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
18099 Lorain Avenue; Mail Code Fmob1-212
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Matthew Barber specializes in urogynecology. These areas are among Dr. Barber's clinical interests: cystocele (bladder prolapse), female incontinence, and uterine prolapse. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Barber's training includes a residency program at Duke University Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: National Association for Continence (NAFC) 2009 Continence Care Champion; June Allyson Research Fellowship; and Pelvic Floor Disorders Network - NICHD, Principal Investigator for Cleveland Clinic Site. Dr. Barber is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence, constipation

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Cystoscopy, Clinical Trials, Urinary ... (Read more)

Dr. R. Thomas Thomas Temes, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
20455 Lorain Road #301; West Valley Medical Building
Fairview Park, OH
 

Dr. Roy Temes is a specialist in thoracic surgery. He works in Cleveland, OH and Fairview Park, OH. Clinical interests for Dr. Temes include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), collapsed lung (pneumothorax), and achalasia. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Temes honors. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Temes (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, diverticular disease, achalasia, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Bronchoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Wedge Resection, Heart Problems, Diaphragmatic Hernia, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
18101 Lorain Avenue; Mail Code Moll
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Timothy Spiro, who practices in Cleveland, OH and Independence, OH, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Spiro at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Spiro include chemotherapy and melanoma. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Spiro accepts. He is a graduate of The University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology. He has received the distinction of Cleveland magazine. Dr. Spiro is professionally affiliated with Fairview Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Chemotherapy, Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Melanoma

Dr. Tithi Biswas, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
960 Clague Road; Seidman Cancer Center, Suite 1200
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Tithi Biswas' area of specialization is radiation oncology. She takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. Dr. Biswas graduated from Medical College and Hospital Kolkata and R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital and then she performed her residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University Hospitals (UH) and Vidant Health.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Pancreas Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. John August Costin III, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Ophthalmology
14601 Detroit, Lakewood Professional Building; Mail Code Ln20
Lakewood, OH
 

Dr. John Costin practices general surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at OhioHealth - Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus and Cole Eye Institute, Dr. Costin attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Costin include breast pain, second opinions, and thyroid cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Costin average 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Costin accepts. His professional affiliations include Mercy Health System and Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, anal fissures, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, appendicitis, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, gastrointestinal (GI) stricture, rectal problems, rectal abscess, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Breast Pain, Second Opinions, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Breast ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery
18101 Lorain Avenue; Mail Code Fr30
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Cathleen Khandelwal works as a general surgeon. Dr. Khandelwal obtained her medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Her areas of expertise include moles, inguinal hernia, and appendicitis. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. She has received the following distinction: Red Sash Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Khandelwal is affiliated with Fairview Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), diverticular disease, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon problems, appendicitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Appendicitis, Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy, Bile Duct Stones, Colectomy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery
14519 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH
 

Dr. Ramon Malaya practices general surgery. His areas of expertise include lipoma, breast pain, and metastatic breast cancer. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Malaya obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. He is professionally affiliated with Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Breast Pain, Second Opinions, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Breast-Conserving Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgery
20455 Lorain Road #301; West Valley Medical Building
Fairview Park, OH
 

Dr. Toms Augustin is a physician who specializes in surgery. He attended Government Medical College, Kottayam for medical school and subsequently trained at Robert Packer Hospital for residency. Dr. Augustin's clinical interests include liver tumor, pancreatitis, and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Augustin (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. Dr. Augustin is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Liver Tumor, Tumor, Cysts, Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy, Liver Resection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Boyd Freeman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
850 Columbia Road, Westlake Medical Campus Building A; Mail Code Wl11
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Richard Freeman sees patients in Cleveland, OH and Westlake, OH. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, thyroid cancer, and snoring. Dr. Freeman is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Nosebleeds, Headache, Sleep Problems, Septoplasty, Ear Infection, ... (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.