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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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Issa average 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, hepatitis C, and upper endoscopy (EGD). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Issa completed a residency program at MetroHealth Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Issa 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 physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include foreign body ingestion, achalasia, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Dr. Radhakrishnan takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram for medical school, he completed his residency training at Cleveland Clinic. His distinctions include: Cleveland Super Doctors; Best Doctor, Pediatric Gastroenterology, 2009 onwards; and America's Top Gastroenterologists, Consumers' Research Council of America, 2006 onwards. In addition to English, 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 practices adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, he performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Dr. Blades's clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He is professionally 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' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease and esophagus problems. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Harris's education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Cleveland Clinic. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver.

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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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Dakhil's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis C, and colonoscopy. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. She graduated from Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). She is 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 specializes in urogynecology and practices in Cleveland, OH and Lakewood, OH. Patients rated Dr. Paraiso highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and female incontinence. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paraiso accepts. Before completing her residency at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Dr. Paraiso attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Paraiso has received include Best Doctors in America; Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine; and Cleveland Super Doctors. She 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)

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

Dr. Joseph Lahorra is a thoracic surgeon. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Lahorra honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lahorra has received the following distinction: Cleveland Super Doctors. He is 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)

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

Dr. Matthew Barber's specialty is urogynecology. Dr. Barber's areas of expertise include cystocele (bladder prolapse), female incontinence, and uterine prolapse. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Barber has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions 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)

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

Dr. Roy Temes specializes in thoracic surgery and practices in Cleveland, OH and Fairview Park, OH. Clinical interests for Dr. Temes include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), collapsed lung (pneumothorax), and achalasia. Dr. Temes is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Temes's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Temes (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hungarian and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth.

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

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Achalasia, Pericarditis, Lobectomy, Tumor, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Timothy Spiro is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Spiro include chemotherapy and melanoma. He is professionally affiliated with Fairview Hospital. Dr. Spiro attended medical school at The University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Spiro has received the distinction of Cleveland magazine.

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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; Suite 1200
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Tithi Biswas' specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Biswas's professional affiliations include the University Hospitals (UH) and Vidant Health. After attending Medical College and Hospital Kolkata and R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital for medical school, she completed her residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. She is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Costin include breast pain, second opinions, and thyroid cancer. His professional affiliations include Mercy Health System and Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. He obtained his medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at OhioHealth - Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus and Cole Eye Institute. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Her clinical interests include moles, inguinal hernia, and appendicitis. Dr. Khandelwal is affiliated with Fairview Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. Dr. Khandelwal has received the distinction of Red Sash Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Arkansas.

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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 specializes in general surgery. His areas of expertise include lipoma, breast pain, and metastatic breast cancer. Dr. Malaya accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. Dr. Malaya is 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 specializes in surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Augustin include pancreatic cysts, liver tumor, and pancreatitis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He attended medical school at Government Medical College, Kottayam. He trained at Robert Packer Hospital for residency. Dr. Augustin (or staff) speaks 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, Liver Tumor, Tumor, Cysts, Liver Resection, Pancreatic Cysts, Hernia Surgery, ... (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). Patient ratings for Dr. Freeman average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Freeman's areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, thyroid cancer, and snoring. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Freeman performed his 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.