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

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. 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. 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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatobiliary disorders, hemorrhoids, and hemochromatosis. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Odom accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Odom welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He speaks Spanish.

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

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

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

Dr. Alan Glombicki works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Glombicki is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Glombicki include ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Glombicki is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Fredric Hochman is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. Dr. Hochman is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hochman graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. His 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. Harshinie Chamindika Amaratunge, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
4100 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Harshinie Amaratunge's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Amaratunge attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Amaratunge include anemia, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Amaratunge has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. Her practice 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. Alberto Oswaldo Barroso, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 1101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alberto Barroso practices adult gastroenterology in Houston, TX. 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. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barroso has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting 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. Chukwuma Ikechukwu Egwim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 225
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Chukwuma Egwim is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He works in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Egwim include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and endoscopy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Egwim graduated from the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Egwim has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Stuart Dobbs is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Dobbs include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Dobbs attended Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Dobbs is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dobbs accepts 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 Super Doctors. Dr. Dobbs is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Bincy Abraham's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Abraham is 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Abraham focuses on crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Abraham attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Brian Howard Kaplan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Kaplan is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Kaplan average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaplan's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Kaplan is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Ulcers, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Krishnamurthy Shivshanker is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is a graduate of Armed Forces Medical College. Dr. Shivshanker's areas of expertise include pancreas problems, colon cancer, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shivshanker's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

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

Dr. Daniel Ball's specialty is adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Ball is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, ulcers, and biopsy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Ball is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. David Victor is a specialist in adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Dr. Victor has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and hemochromatosis. The average patient rating for Dr. Victor is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Victor welcomes 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. Gulchin Ayshe Ergun, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1160
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gulchin Ergun is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gulchin Ergun works in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Ergun's clinical interests: ulcers, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Patients gave Dr. Ergun an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ergun accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Ergun graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Ergun has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ergun is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ergun's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Ulcers, Endoscopy

Dr. Kalpesh Harshad Thakkar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
 

Dr. Kalpesh Thakkar is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Wharton, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Thakkar include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and nutrition issues. Dr. Thakkar's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. 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 an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Thakkar is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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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.