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We found 71 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Bronze 103 - One $0 PCP Visit near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Hashem El-Serag is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. El-Serag include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), barrett's esophagus, and viral hepatitis. Dr. El-Serag accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. El-Serag completed his residency training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Epidemiology, Viral Hepatitis, Barrett's Esophagus

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

Dr. Rise Stribling is a specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology. She works in Houston, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: abdominal paracentesis (abdominal tap), hepatitis C, and liver cancer. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stribling is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Stribling is professionally affiliated with 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, Hepatology
6701 Fannin; Suite 1010
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Barlow is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Barlow obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed her residency at Rhode Island Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist. His clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Shulman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in German. Dr. Shulman is professionally 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. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Anandasabapathy include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Anandasabapathy attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. Dr. Anandasabapathy has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer

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

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

Dr. Yasser Shaib is an adult gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Shaib is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP

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

Dr. Alan Glombicki specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Glombicki average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Glombicki is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Glombicki completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Glombicki's office for an appointment.

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

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

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

Dr. Norman Sussman specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His clinical interests include hepatitis, liver cancer, and transplant procedures. Dr. Sussman honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sussman's professional 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, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Howard Chiou, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6701 Fannin Street; Suite 1010
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Chiou, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Chiou completed a residency program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Mohamed Othman is an adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) specialist. Dr. Othman's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Othman attended medical school at Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for residency. Dr. Othman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Othman is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Fredric Hochman specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hochman's clinical interests include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hochman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hochman 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. Dr. Hochman has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Jason Hou practices adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). His clinical interests encompass celiac disease. Dr. Hou's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hou attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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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

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

Dr. Waqar Qureshi's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Qureshi accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University College London (UCL) Medical School, he performed his residency at Highland Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Royal Free Hospital. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Qureshi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Manometry, Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopy, ERCP, Endoscopic Mucosal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jim Schwartz is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schwartz include ulcers, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Schwartz graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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)

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

Dr. Leroy Odom is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include hepatobiliary disorders, hemorrhoids, and hemochromatosis. Dr. Odom accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Odom attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Odom's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Henry Sellin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1709 Dryden (baylor Faculty Ce
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Sellin practices adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sellin accepts. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease

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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.