We found 67 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Areas of particular interest 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He trained at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Yale University for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. El-Serag's hospital/clinic 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), 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 specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology and practices in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Stribling's areas of expertise include the following: abdominal paracentesis (abdominal tap), hepatitis C, and liver cancer. Patient reviews placed Dr. Stribling at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She 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. Her 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 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Barlow include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. She 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. Dr. Barlow attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Brown University for residency. Her distinctions include: Jim Wright Lectureship University of Alabama at Birmingham and Pouncey Memorial Lectureship Ocshner Children s Health Center, New Orleans, LA.

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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's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease); he sees patients in Houston, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests 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 accepts. 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. Dr. Shulman speaks German. He 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. Eric Howard Chiou, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6701 Fannin Street; Suite 1010
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Chiou is a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Chiou is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for residency. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Leroy Odom is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for his residency. Dr. Odom has a special interest in endoscopic sclerotherapy, hepatobiliary disorders, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Odom is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is accepting 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Glombicki include ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Glombicki at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Glombicki's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is accepting 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. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. 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. Her distinctions 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. Fredric Hochman, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. Dr. Hochman attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba for residency. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hochman accepts. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Shaib attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shaib trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. 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)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP

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

Dr. Norman Sussman's areas of specialization are gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology; he sees patients in Houston, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis, liver cancer, and transplant procedures. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sussman attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Sussman 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, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Vierling is an adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) specialist. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Vierling completed a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis, and transplant procedures. Dr. Vierling accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Baylor Clinic and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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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. Dr. Hou has a special interest in celiac disease and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hou takes. Dr. Hou 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, Colonoscopy

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

Dr. Waqar Qureshi specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) and practices in Houston, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy. Dr. Qureshi's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Qureshi obtained his medical school training at the University College London (UCL) Medical School and 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.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Mohamed Othman's specialties are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). Dr. Othman accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for his residency. Dr. Othman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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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)

Dr. Ryan Wallace Himes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6621 Fannin Street; Ccc 1010.00
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Himes is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). In Dr. Himes's practice, he is particularly interested in hepatoblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and liver tumor. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. 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. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatoblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Liver Transplant, Hepatoblastoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hypertension, Liver ... (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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