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

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

Dr. Wayne Green's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Green's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1806 Runnels Street
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Oral James is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. James graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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

Dr. Nolan Perez is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Harlingen, TX. 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 takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
615 Camelot Drive
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Jason Phillips works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Phillips accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Mihaela Ringheanu is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ringheanu accepts. Dr. Ringheanu attended medical school 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.
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