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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alva include hepatitis, gallbladder problems, and colorectal cancer screening. Patients gave Dr. Alva an average rating of 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. Alva takes. He attended Cayetano Heredia University and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Alva speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Amaro's education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Private Practice and Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

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

Dr. Asif Zamir sees patients in Edinburg, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Zamir's education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Maimonides Medical Center.

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

Dr. Carlos Cardenas works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Cardenas attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Cardenas is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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

Dr. Ingrid Chacon, who practices in Edinburg, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chacon is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine.

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

Dr. Subrahmanyam Behara's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Behara honors. He studied medicine at Andhra Medical College.

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

Dr. Valeska Balderas' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Balderas's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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

Dr. Jose Rodriguez is a McAllen, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rodriguez is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2707 Cornerstone Boulevard
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Nelson Spinetti is a pediatric 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. Spinetti takes. He studied medicine at Luis Razetti School of Medicine.

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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.
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