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We found 186 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Choice Bronze PPO 006 near Houston, TX.

Dr. Ann OShea Scheimann, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6621 Fannin; Mc Cc 1010.00
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ann Scheimann's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Scheimann include inflammatory bowel disease, nutrition issues, and liver transplant. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Scheimann completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Scheimann include: Whisman Academic Scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Service Award, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Alumni Association; and National Scientific Advisory Board for the Prader-willi Syndrome Association. In addition to English, Dr. Scheimann speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, MedStar Health, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Gottumukkala Subba Raju, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Unit 1466
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gottumukkala Raju practices adult gastroenterology in Houston, TX. Dr. Raju's clinical interests include colon cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Andhra Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Cleveland Clinic. He has received distinctions including John Stroehlein Distinguished Professorship, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; President's Recognition for Faculty Excellence, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Chair. Dr. Raju is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Education, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy

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 in Houston, TX. Dr. El-Serag's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. El-Serag include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), barrett's esophagus, and viral hepatitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. El-Serag takes. His training includes residency programs at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He has received the distinction of 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)

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

Dr. Atilla Ertan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6400 Fannin; #1400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Atilla Ertan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include ablation, ulcers, and anemia. Dr. Ertan is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ertan honors. Dr. Ertan is a graduate of Ankara University. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Brain AVM, Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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. Her areas of clinical interest consist of abdominal paracentesis (abdominal tap), hepatitis C, and liver cancer. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stribling takes. 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'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. Tushar Dilip Dharia, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
15655 Cypress Woods Medical Drive; Suite 100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tushar Dharia is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Dharia honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Dharia (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati. He is affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Main Campus and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Pasadena Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Viral Hepatitis, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux

Dr. John Irison Hughes, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2727 Holcombe Boulevard; 3rd Floor - gi Department, Ks - clinic
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Hughes is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Houston, TX. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Hughes is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hughes completed a residency program at Bayfront Medical Center. Dr. Hughes has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Colorectal Cancer, Therapeutic Endoscopy

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

Dr. Sarah Barlow is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Barlow include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barlow takes. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she performed her residency at Rhode Island Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Isaac L Raijman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Isaac Raijman's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology, general internal medicine, and hepatology (liver disease). His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. Dr. Raijman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Raijman's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Sushovan Guha, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6411 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sushovan Guha works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Guha is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He obtained his medical school training at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Guha (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Guha is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer

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

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy practices adult gastroenterology. She has a special interest in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. Dr. Anandasabapathy honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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 practices 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). Dr. Shaib's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He 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 American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shaib completed a residency program at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP

Dr. Melvin Kin-Wan Lau, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2125 Peckham Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Melvin Lau sees patients in Houston, TX, Taylor, TX, and Round Rock, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Lau attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Biliary Disorders, Upper Endoscopy, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

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 pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. Dr. Shulman's clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks German. Dr. Shulman 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. Dang Minh Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dang Nguyen's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology, general internal medicine, and hepatology (liver disease). His areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, incontinence, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Endoscopic ... (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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sussman 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. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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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)

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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.