We found 66 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. Rise J Stribling, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Adult Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rise Stribling specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system), nutrition, and adult hepatology and practices in Houston, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stribling include abdominal paracentesis (abdominal tap), hepatitis C, and liver cancer. Dr. Stribling's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Stribling is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She 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.

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

Dr. Waqar Qureshi's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease); he sees patients in Houston, TX. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Qureshi takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Qureshi studied medicine at the University College London (UCL) Medical School. He completed his residency training 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), hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Eric Chiou's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He practices in Houston, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Chiou completed his residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Chiou has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Hashem Beshir El Serag, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10.198
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hashem El-Serag specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) and practices in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise consist of barrett's esophagus, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and viral hepatitis. Dr. El-Serag is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility, and Baylor College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. El-Serag takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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. John Moore Vierling, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6620 Main Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Vierling specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). These areas are among Dr. Vierling's clinical interests: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis, and transplant procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Clinic 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. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Strong Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

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

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

Dr. Robert Shulman specializes in nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). He is conversant in German. Dr. Shulman's clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shulman takes. Dr. Shulman has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Dr. Anandasabapathy's areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Anandasabapathy's 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)

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

Dr. Manreet Kaur's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in women's health issues, colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kaur studied medicine at Kasturba Medical College. Dr. Kaur has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Kaur (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Women's Health Issues, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy

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

Dr. Norman Sussman works as a gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist in Houston, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatitis, liver cancer, and transplant procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Sussman studied medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 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.

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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. Suneal Kumar Agarwal, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suneal Agarwal, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Agarwal completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests include colorectal cancer screening, colonoscopy, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jason Hou's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease and colonoscopy. Dr. Hou takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. Dr. Hou has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He 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. Yasser Hani Shaib, MPH, MD
Specializes in Nutrition, Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard; 3a-320
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Yasser Shaib's medical specialty is nutrition, adult gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shaib include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Shaib takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Shaib's medical residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York.

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

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

Dr. Lubin Fernando Arevalo Santana, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite A10.190 (ms: Bcm901)
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lubin Arevalo Santana is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Arevalo Santana include barrett's esophagus, esophageal motility disorders, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). 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. Before completing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Dr. Arevalo Santana attended medical school at New York Medical College and National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Arevalo Santana is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), esophageal motility disorders, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Henry Sellin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6620 Main Street; 12th Floor, Suite 1225
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Sellin's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sellin's clinical interests include colonoscopy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy

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

Dr. Jim Schwartz is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Schwartz attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests include ulcers, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwartz honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Schwartz is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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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's specialties are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Othman (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Othman include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). Dr. Othman 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Othman is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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