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We found 9 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Advantage near Edinburg, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
205 Quail Court
Mcallen, TX
 

Dr. Brick Alva specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Houston, TX and McAllen, TX. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis, gallbladder problems, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Alva is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann. He attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital for his residency. Dr. Alva is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Alva accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder Problems, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael Amaro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other, Hepatology
5423 S Mccoll Road
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Amaro is an adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) specialist. Dr. Amaro's hospital/clinic affiliations include Private Practice and Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5520 Leonardo Da Vinci; Suite 101
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Asif Zamir is an adult gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Dr. Zamir's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zamir takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5520 Leonardo Da Vinci; Suite 100
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Carlos Cardenas is an Edinburg, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Cardenas's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5520 Leonardo Da Vinci; Suite 100
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Ingrid Chacon works as a gastroenterologist in Edinburg, TX. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chacon accepts. Dr. Chacon attended medical school at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
801 E Nolana Avenue; Suite 4
Mcallen, TX
 

Dr. Valeska Balderas practices adult gastroenterology in McAllen, TX and San Antonio, TX. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Balderas at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Balderas has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5520 Leonardo Da Vinci; Suite 100
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Subrahmanyam Behara is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Edinburg, TX. Dr. Behara graduated from Andhra Medical College. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
801 E. Nolana Avenue; Suite 4
Mcallen, TX
 

Dr. Jose Rodriguez's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rodriguez honors.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2707 Cornerstone Boulevard
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Nelson Spinetti's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Spinetti graduated from Luis Razetti School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.