We found 43 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 gastroenterology specialist in Westlake, OH. Dr. Issa obtained his medical school training at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, hepatitis C, and upper endoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Issa average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. 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)

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

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include foreign body ingestion, achalasia, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. On average, patients gave Dr. Radhakrishnan a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Radhakrishnan graduated from Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and then he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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) speaks 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)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Edmond Blades is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Dr. Blades studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Blades's training includes a residency program at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Harris's areas of clinical interest consist of inflammatory bowel disease and esophagus problems. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Harris's training includes a residency program 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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In her practice, Dr. Dakhil focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis C, and colonoscopy. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Dakhil graduated from Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Dakhil is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Joseph Lahorra is a thoracic surgery specialist. Dr. Lahorra's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. His professional affiliations include Fairview Hospital and MetroHealth. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lahorra has received the distinction of 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)

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

Dr. Marie Paraiso works as an urogynecologist in Cleveland, OH and Lakewood, OH. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Paraiso's areas of expertise include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and female incontinence. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Paraiso's training includes a residency program at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. She has received the following distinctions: Best Doctors in America; Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine; and Cleveland Super Doctors.

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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 chest surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Temes include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), collapsed lung (pneumothorax), and achalasia. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Temes (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian and Spanish. Dr. Temes 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, Heller Myotomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Matthew Barber practices urogynecology in Cleveland, OH. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include neurogenic bladder, vaginal prolapse, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). Dr. Barber is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Barber trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Barber include: 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.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence, constipation

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

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

Dr. Timothy Spiro practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Cleveland, OH and Independence, OH. Dr. Spiro is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of chemotherapy and melanoma. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Spiro attended medical school at The University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology. He has received the following distinction: Cleveland magazine. He 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 practices radiation oncology. After completing medical school at Medical College and Hospital Kolkata and R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, she performed her residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. She is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Biswas is professionally affiliated with the University Hospitals (UH) and Vidant Health.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Pancreas Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Colorectal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Costin's areas of specialization are general surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease); he sees patients in Cleveland, OH, Lakewood, OH, and Lorain, OH. 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. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at OhioHealth - Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus and Cole Eye Institute. Dr. Costin's 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 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)

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

Dr. Cathleen Khandelwal is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Dr. Khandelwal's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: moles, inguinal hernia, and appendicitis. She accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Khandelwal attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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Specializes in General Surgery
14519 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH
 

Dr. Ramon Malaya works as a general surgeon in Cleveland, OH, Lakewood, OH, and Elyria, OH. Dr. Malaya is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Malaya include lipoma, breast pain, and metastatic breast cancer. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Malaya 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 General Internal Medicine, Other
30033 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Annie Tan practices general internal medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Tan's clinical interests: alcohol abuse, menopause, and depression. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school, she completed her residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is professionally affiliated with Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

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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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care
18101 Lorain Avenue; Mail Code Fairview Mob #233b
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Richard Herman is a pediatric surgeon and intensivist in Cleveland, OH. Areas of expertise for Dr. Herman include achalasia, moles, and pectus excavatum. Dr. Herman takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Dr. Herman attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Herman's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and Fairview Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, perianal abscess, anal fissures, ulcerative colitis, short bowel syndrome, appendicitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Moles, Achalasia, Pectus Excavatum, Thyroid Cancer, Inguinal Hernia, ... (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.