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

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

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Radhakrishnan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. These areas are among Dr. Radhakrishnan's clinical interests: foreign body ingestion, achalasia, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and MetroHealth. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. Dr. Radhakrishnan is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.

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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. Khaled Issa is a gastroenterologist. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Issa's areas of expertise include pancreas problems, hepatitis C, and upper endoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Issa is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of MetroHealth Medical Center's residency program. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Edmond Blades' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Blades's areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of the University Hospitals, Cleveland's residency program. 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 is a gastroenterologist in Wetlake, OH and Westlake, OH. Dr. Harris has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and esophagus problems. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Harris attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. Patient reviews placed Dr. Harris at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harris accepts.

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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, who practices in Westlake, OH, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Dakhil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis C, and colonoscopy. She honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency 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

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

Dr. Roy Temes sees patients in Cleveland, OH and Fairview Park, OH. His medical specialty is thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Temes include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), collapsed lung (pneumothorax), and achalasia. Dr. Temes is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Temes trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Temes (or staff) speaks Hungarian and Spanish. Dr. Temes's professional 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 Thoracic Surgery
20455 Lorain Avenue; 2nd Floor
Fairview Park, OH
 

Dr. Joseph Lahorra specializes in thoracic surgery and practices in Akron, OH, Fairview Park, OH, and Cleveland, OH. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Lahorra is affiliated with Fairview Hospital and MetroHealth. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Lahorra performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. 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)

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

Dr. Timothy Spiro's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Spiro's clinical interests encompass chemotherapy and melanoma. He is affiliated with Fairview Hospital. Dr. Spiro honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at The University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology. He has received the distinction of 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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Dr. Khandelwal's clinical interests include moles, inguinal hernia, and appendicitis. She is affiliated with Fairview Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Patients rated Dr. Khandelwal highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khandelwal accepts. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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, Benign Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery, Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Costin's area of specialization is surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Costin's areas of expertise include breast pain, second opinions, and thyroid cancer. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Costin takes. Dr. Costin's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at OhioHealth - Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus and Cleveland Clinic. 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 Urogynecology
18099 Lorain Avenue; Mail Code, Suite 212
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Marie Paraiso is an urogynecologist in Cleveland, OH and Lakewood, OH. Dr. Paraiso has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and female incontinence. She honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Paraiso completed her residency training at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. Her distinctions 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)

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

Dr. Michael Valente's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Valente include female incontinence, polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Valente is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Dr. Valente takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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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)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
850 Columbia Road, Westlake Medical Campus Building A; Mail Code Wl11
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Richard Freeman practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Cleveland, OH and Westlake, OH. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep apnea, thyroid cancer, and snoring. Dr. Freeman is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Freeman takes. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Nosebleeds, Headache, Oral Lesions, Sleep Problems, Septoplasty, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Matthew Barber is an urogynecology specialist in Cleveland, OH. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barber include cystocele (bladder prolapse), female incontinence, and uterine prolapse. Dr. Barber is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Dr. Barber is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Duke University Medical Center's residency program. 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16215 Madison Avenue; Mail Code Cf10
Lakewood, OH
 

Dr. James Hekman is an internist in Cleveland, OH, Chagrin Falls, OH, and Lakewood, OH. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and a graduate of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center's residency program. These areas are among Dr. Hekman's clinical interests: cancer screening, depression, and heart problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hekman is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Depression, Immunization, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Intestinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Donald Eicher is an adult hematologist and oncologist. He is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Eicher is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He studied medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Eicher trained at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Eicher is affiliated with Fairview Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer

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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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