We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Harlingen, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
512 Victoria Lane; Suite 2
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Nolan Perez's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Perez average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Perez 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.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3101 South 77 Sunshine Strip; Suite A
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Wayne Green's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Green takes. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
615 Camelot Drive
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Jason Phillips sees patients in Harlingen, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1806 Runnels Street
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Oral James specializes in adult gastroenterology. 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 studied medicine at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2121 Pease Street; Suite 600
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Mihaela Ringheanu's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

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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.