We found 133 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Premier near Bellaire, TX.

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Dr. Ann OShea Scheimann, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6621 Fannin; Mc Cc 1010.00
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ann Scheimann is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). In addition to English, Dr. Scheimann speaks Spanish. She is especially interested in nutrition issues. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, MedStar Health, and Johns Hopkins Children's Center. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Scheimann has received professional recognition including the following: Whisman Academic Scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Service Award, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Alumni Association; and National Scientific Advisory Board for the Prader-willi Syndrome Association. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Robert J Jay Shulman, MD
Specializes in Nutrition, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert Shulman is a nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease) specialist. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Shulman is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Shulman trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Shulman speaks German.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Eric Howard Chiou, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6701 Fannin Street; Suite 1010
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Chiou is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Chiou attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Isaac L Raijman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Isaac Raijman's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease); he sees patients in Houston, TX. Dr. Raijman's clinical interests include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. Dr. Raijman has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Atilla Ertan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2208
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Atilla Ertan works as an adult gastroenterologist in Houston, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include ablation, ulcers, and anemia. Dr. Ertan honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ertan graduated from Ankara University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. Dr. Ertan welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Brain AVM, Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. David Wickliffe Victor III, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
6550 Fannin Street; Suite 1201
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Victor is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Victor include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and hemochromatosis. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Victor is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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Dr. Ryan Wallace Himes, MD
Specializes in Nutrition, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6701 Fannin; Suite 1010
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Himes is a physician who specializes in nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of hepatoblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and liver tumor. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Himes graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Himes trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , hepatoblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Liver Transplant, Hepatoblastoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hypertension, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Carol Ann Redel, MD
Specializes in Nutrition, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Carol Redel's areas of specialization are nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Redel include malnutrition, inflammatory bowel disease, and autism. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. Before performing her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Redel attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Redel is 2.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Malnutrition, Failure to Thrive, Gastrointestinal Problems, Feeding Disorders, Autism, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Fredric Lyone Hochman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6624 Fannin; Suite 2580
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Fredric Hochman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Hochman is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hochman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Hochman is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopy, Ulcerative ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S Shepherd Drive; Suite 110
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Harshinie Amaratunge's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). She is especially interested in anemia, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Amaratunge is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Houston Methodist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Amaratunge attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Amaratunge has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Endoscopy, Anemia

Dr. Alberto Oswaldo Barroso, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6550 Fannin Street; Suite 1201
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alberto Barroso sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barroso include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Dr. Barroso is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Barroso average 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barroso takes. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Gowrappala Shanmukhappa Ramesh Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
915 Gessner Road; Suite 650
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gowrappala Ramesh is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ramesh attended medical school at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka and Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and general care. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ramesh honors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor Ankoma-Sey, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Victor Ankoma-Sey specializes in legal medicine, gastroenterology (digestive system), and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine) and practices in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ankoma-Sey include colon cancer, hepatobiliary disorders, and endoscopy. Dr. Ankoma-Sey's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Ankoma-Sey is a graduate of the University of Ghana Medical School. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Endoscopy, Transplant Procedures, Nutrition ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S Shepherd Drive; Suite 110
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dang Nguyen is a gastroenterologist, general internist, and hepatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include crohn's disease, incontinence, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Nguyen's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease

All Interests: Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Priya Babu, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
6701 Fannin Street; Suite 1010
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Priya Raj sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Raj's areas of expertise consist of eosinophilic esophagitis, acid reflux (GERD), and feeding disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. She graduated from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka and St. John's Medical College. Dr. Raj honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Feeding Disorders, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Melvin K Lau, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2125 Peckham Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Melvin Lau is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Houston, TX and Round Rock, TX. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lau attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Lau is conversant in Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Enteroscopy, Biliary Disorders, Upper Endoscopy, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid ... (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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