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We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Knoxville, TN.

Dr. Ramanujan Samavedy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1928 Alcoa Highway; Suite 100
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. Ramanujan Samavedy specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Knoxville, TN. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Samavedy include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Samavedy is affiliated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound

Dr. Mark D Anderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1928 Alcoa Highway; Suite 100
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. Mark Anderson practices adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for his residency. Dr. Anderson's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Anderson is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is affiliated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. John A Stancher, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1928 Alcoa Highway; Suite 100
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. John Stancher is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' residency program. Dr. Stancher is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Thomas L Young, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1928 Alcoa Highway; Suite 105
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. Thomas Young sees patients in Knoxville, TN. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Young is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Young's education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is affiliated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Sangeeta Gulati, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1928 Alcoa Highway; Suite 100
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. Sangeeta Gulati is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gulati is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Allegheny General Hospital for residency. Dr. Gulati is affiliated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Keith D Gray, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
1926 Alcoa Highway; Suite 410
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. Keith Gray's specialty is surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of expertise for Dr. Gray include breast cancer surgery and gastrointestinal tumor. Dr. Gray is affiliated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Gray has received the following distinctions: Dr. Gray at UT Medical Center Receives Outstanding Physician Leader Award; House of Representatives, State of Tennessee; and UT Medical Center Guardian Angel Program Awards: 6.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Gastrointestinal Tumor, Breast Cancer Surgery

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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.