We found 68 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Bronze 103 - One $0 PCP Visit near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Hashem Beshir El Serag, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Blvd 152
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hashem El-Serag's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease); he sees patients in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. El-Serag include barrett's esophagus, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and viral hepatitis. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. His training includes residency programs at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. El-Serag is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility, and Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gastrointestinal Problems, Epidemiology, Viral Hepatitis, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rise Jo Stribling, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rise Stribling's medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stribling include abdominal paracentesis (abdominal tap), hepatitis C, and liver cancer. Dr. Stribling takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. Dr. Stribling's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Transplant Procedures, Abdominal Paracentesis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Endicott Barlow, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
6701 Fannin; Suite 1010
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Barlow practices pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Barlow takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Barlow include: Jim Wright Lectureship University of Alabama at Birmingham and Pouncey Memorial Lectureship Ocshner Children s Health Center, New Orleans, LA. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Robert Jay Shulman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
1100 Bates Street; Room 8072, Mc 5-1000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert Shulman is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Shulman include inflammatory bowel disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shulman honors. Dr. Shulman is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Shulman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks German. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Chiou completed his residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Chiou is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Waqar Ahmad Qureshi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Waqar Qureshi, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy. Dr. Qureshi is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University College London (UCL) Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Highland Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Royal Free Hospital. Dr. Qureshi has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Manometry, Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Norman Leslie Sussman, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Norman Sussman's medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology. These areas are among Dr. Sussman's clinical interests: hepatitis, liver cancer, and transplant procedures. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He studied medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Sussman takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy is an adult gastroenterology specialist. She is especially interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. Dr. Anandasabapathy graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Anandasabapathy include: Texas Super Doctors and New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Radiofrequency Ablation, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Esophageal Cancer, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Fredric Lyone Hochman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. F. Hochman's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hochman's clinical interests include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Hochman has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Dr. Hochman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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)

Dr. Yasser Hani Shaib, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard; 3a-320
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Yasser Shaib's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Shaib honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Shaib is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Ablation, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2000 Crawford; Suite 1300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Leroy Odom is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Odom's areas of expertise consist of endoscopic sclerotherapy, hepatobiliary disorders, and hemorrhoids. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Odom accepts. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Odom's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopy, ERCP, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Paul Glombicki, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alan Glombicki works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Glombicki's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Glombicki completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Glombicki average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Burns, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Moore Vierling, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6620 Main; #1475
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Vierling works as an adult gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis, and transplant procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Clinic and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Vierling accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Strong Memorial Hospital's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Transplant Procedures, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Wilson's ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Ken Hou, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jason Hou specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) and practices in Houston, TX. In Dr. Hou's practice, he is particularly interested in celiac disease and colonoscopy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hou takes. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Hou is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy

Dr. Jim Taub Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jim Schwartz works as a gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schwartz include ulcers, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Schwartz is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohamed Othman Ali Othman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite A10.181
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mohamed Othman is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). In addition to English, Dr. Othman (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Othman graduated from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection, Pancreatic Cyst, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (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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