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We found 86 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept CIGNA POS near Houston, TX.

Dr. Leroy Odom, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2000 Crawford; Suite 1300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Leroy Odom works as a gastroenterologist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: endoscopic sclerotherapy, hepatobiliary disorders, and hemorrhoids. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Odom graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Odom speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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. Isaac L Raijman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Isaac Raijman specializes in adult gastroenterology, general internal medicine, and hepatology (liver disease) and practices in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Raijman include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Raijman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. Dr. Raijman has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Alan Glombicki's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Glombicki studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Glombicki is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is open to 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. Fredric Lyone Hochman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Fredric Hochman specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Hochman's areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. After completing medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Hochman has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Hochman's practice is open to 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. Dang Minh Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dang Nguyen works as a gastroenterologist, internist, and hepatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Nguyen include crohn's disease, incontinence, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Nguyen's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Alberto Oswaldo Barroso, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 1101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alberto Barroso is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Barroso's clinical interests include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Barroso average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barroso honors. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Barroso is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Barroso 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, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Harshinie Chamindika Amaratunge, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Harshinie Amaratunge practices adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: anemia, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Amaratunge is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Amaratunge has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Endoscopy, Anemia

Dr. Stuart Myron Dobbs, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1708
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stuart Dobbs works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Dobbs has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Dobbs include pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and ulcers. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. For his residency, Dr. Dobbs trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Dobbs has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Dobbs is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor Ankoma-Sey, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 225
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Victor Ankoma-Sey, who practices in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX, is a medical specialist in legal medicine, gastroenterology (digestive system), and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He is a graduate of the University of Ghana Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Ankoma-Sey include colon cancer, hepatobiliary disorders, and endoscopy. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ankoma-Sey is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Endoscopy, Transplant Procedures, Nutrition ... (Read more)

Dr. Chukwuma Ikechukwu Egwim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 225
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Chukwuma Egwim specializes in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine) and practices in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Egwim include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and endoscopy. Dr. Egwim's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Egwim has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Krishnamurthy Shivshanker, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Krishnamurthy Shivshanker specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shivshanker include pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and colon cancer. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shivshanker at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He graduated from Armed Forces Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Shivshanker has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Webster Iii Ball III, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Ball is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Ball is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and gallstones. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ball accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is affiliated with 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

All Interests: Incontinence, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. David Wickliffe Victor III, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Victor specializes in adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Dr. Victor's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and hemochromatosis. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Victor trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Victor is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Bincy Paulose Abraham, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bincy Abraham is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Houston, TX. Dr. Abraham's clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Abraham has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Kalpesh Harshad Thakkar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
 

Dr. Kalpesh Thakkar works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and nutrition issues. Dr. Thakkar takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Thakkar attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Thakkar's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopy, Nutrition Issues

Dr. Victor Wei-Ming Yang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Victor Yang's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yang include ablation, ulcers, and anemia. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Yang has an open panel.

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

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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.