We found 18 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Cigna Silver HMO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Leroy Odom is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Odom's areas of expertise consist of endoscopic sclerotherapy, hepatobiliary disorders, and hemorrhoids. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Odom accepts. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology
1631 North Loop West; Suite 650
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Zayd Kaylani's specialties are adult gastroenterology and general internal medicine. He practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Kaylani accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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

All Interests: Hypertension, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Nutrition ... (Read more)

Dr. Luis T Campos, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Campos, who practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and chemotherapy. 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. Campos graduated from National University of San Agustin and Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors in America; and America's Top Oncologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Campos is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Bladder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1315 St. Joseph Parkway; Suite 1103
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Sanford specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sanford include bladder cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Scott and White Healthcare's residency program. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Sanford is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Manner's specialties are surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. He practices in Houston, TX. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His areas of expertise include the following: anemia, colon cancer, and bone marrow aspiration. Patient reviews placed Dr. Manner at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Manner is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Manner welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sickle Cell Disease, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Leukemia, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kamal Ghaleb Khalil, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6400 Fannin; Suite 2850
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kamal Khalil's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. His areas of expertise include peripheral bypass surgery, tracheostomy, and heart surgery. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Khalil performed his residency at Polyclinic Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Cairo University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Khalil (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julio Antonio Peguero, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julio Peguero is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Peguero include pancreas problems, leukemia, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Peguero graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Peguero has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Myeloma, Breast Cancer

Dr. Eric M Haas, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1404
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Haas' areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. Dr. Haas's areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Haas has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Fannin Surgicare. Dr. Haas welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine; One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Yuval Raizen's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His clinical interests include colon cancer, breast cancer, and myeloma. Dr. Raizen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Raizen is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Jay Lin, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
One Baylor Plaza, Ms360; Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Radiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jay Lin is a medical specialist in diagnostic radiology. Dr. Lin's areas of expertise include the following: abdominal imaging, body imaging, and colon problems. He takes United Healthcare Compass, Cigna Connect, and Cigna Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Lin (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders, colon problems

All Interests: Body Imaging, Abdominal Imaging, Small Intestine Disorders, Colon Problems

Dr. Edward Manuel Pina, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2530 W. Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Piña sees patients in Baytown, TX and Houston, TX. His medical specialty is general surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. These areas are among Dr. Piña's clinical interests: cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Piña accepts. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Piña's practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Cosmetic Surgery, Gallstones, Flexible ... (Read more)

Dr. Agha Sahir Saleem, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
1919 North Loop West Suite; 410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. A. Saleem practices general internal medicine and adult pulmonology in Houston, TX. Dr. Saleem's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Saleem is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chok-Keung K Lee, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1200 Binz; #1388
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Chok Lee practices general internal medicine in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), asthma, and allergy testing. Dr. Lee accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his residency, Dr. Lee trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Chinese. He is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Allergy Testing, Asthma

Dr. Ali Mahmood, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ali Mahmood's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Mahmood's areas of expertise consist of colon cancer, incontinence, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Mahmood has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mahmood welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer

Dr. Hema C Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hema Patel's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Patel at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Patel takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is open to new patients. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cervical Dysplasia, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur Donald Hamberger, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1631 North Loop W; Suite 150
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Arthur Hamberger works as a radiation oncologist. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Hamberger's hospital/clinic affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Colon Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Prostate ... (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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