We found 44 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry Open Access HMO near Fairview Park, OH.

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Khaled Issa is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Issa attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, hepatitis C, and upper endoscopy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Issa is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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)

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

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Radhakrishnan include foreign body ingestion, achalasia, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Radhakrishnan has received distinctions including 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. Dr. Radhakrishnan's professional affiliations include 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Edmond Blades works as an adult gastroenterologist in Westlake, OH and Cleveland, OH. These areas are among Dr. Blades's clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Blades graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Craig Harris' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and esophagus problems. Dr. Harris is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Harris a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Noma Dakhil's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In her practice, Dr. Dakhil focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis C, and colonoscopy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Dakhil attended Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Dakhil is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Lahorra's areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He has received the distinction of Cleveland Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Fairview Hospital and MetroHealth.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

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

Dr. Marie Paraiso specializes in urogynecology and practices in Cleveland, OH and Lakewood, OH. These areas are among Dr. Paraiso's clinical interests: rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and female incontinence. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. She has received the following distinctions: Best Doctors in America; Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine; and Cleveland Super Doctors. Dr. Paraiso is professionally 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)

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 thoracic surgeon. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Temes attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Temes include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), collapsed lung (pneumothorax), and achalasia. Dr. Temes is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Temes (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian and Spanish. Dr. Temes's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, Heller Myotomy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urogynecology
18099 Lorain Avenue; Mail Code Fmob1-212
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Matthew Barber's area of specialization is urogynecology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Barber's areas of expertise include the following: cystocele (bladder prolapse), female incontinence, and uterine prolapse. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Barber has received distinctions including 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. He 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)

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

Dr. Timothy Spiro is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He works in Cleveland, OH and Independence, OH. The average patient rating for Dr. Spiro is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Spiro include chemotherapy and melanoma. He is affiliated with Fairview Hospital. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at The University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology. Dr. Spiro has received the following distinction: Cleveland magazine.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Chemotherapy, Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Melanoma

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

Dr. Cathleen Khandelwal practices general surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Khandelwal a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include moles, inguinal hernia, and appendicitis. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khandelwal honors. 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). She has received the following distinction: Red Sash Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Arkansas. She is professionally 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, Benign Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery, Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
30033 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Annie Tan works as an internist. Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, menopause, and depression. Dr. Tan is affiliated with Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. Before performing her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Tan attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Menopause, Alcohol Abuse, Thyroid Problems, Depression, Metabolic Syndrome, Headache, Men's Health ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
14519 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH
 

Dr. Ramon Malaya, who practices in Cleveland, OH, Lakewood, OH, and Elyria, OH, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Malaya include lipoma, breast pain, and metastatic breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malaya honors. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wright State University.

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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)

Specializes in Surgery
14601 Detroit, Lakewood Professional Building; Mail Code Ln20
Lakewood, OH
 

Dr. John Costin practices surgery in Cleveland, OH, Lakewood, OH, and Lorain, OH. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Costin's clinical interests: breast pain, second opinions, and thyroid cancer. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. Before completing his residency at OhioHealth - Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus and Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Costin attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

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

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

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

Dr. Toms Augustin's specialty is surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Augustin include pancreatectomy (pancreas removal), liver tumor, and pancreatitis. Dr. Augustin accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Government Medical College, Kottayam and then went on to complete his residency at Robert Packer Hospital. Dr. Augustin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Malayalam. He 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, Pancreatectomy, Liver Tumor, Whipple Procedure, Tumor, Cysts, Laparoscopic Lymph ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
20455 Lorain Road #301, West Valley Medical Building; Mail Code Fr30
Fairview Park, OH
 

Dr. Michael Valente is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. He studied medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Valente trained at Summa Akron City Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Valente include female incontinence, polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. On average, patients gave Dr. Valente a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valente accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, anal cancer, perianal abscess, anal fissures, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Anoscopy, Hemorrhoidectomy, Incontinence Surgery, Postpartum Issues, Rectal ... (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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