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We found 19 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 physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include hepatobiliary disorders, hemorrhoids, and hemochromatosis. Dr. Odom accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Odom attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Odom's office for an appointment.

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

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

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

Dr. Zayd Kaylani's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and general internal medicine; he sees patients in Houston, TX. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Kaylani attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. 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)

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

Dr. Charles Manner is a physician who specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Dr. Manner's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Manner include lung cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Manner's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Dr. Manner has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sickle Cell Disease, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Leukemia, Lung ... (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 is a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Khalil's clinical interests: peripheral bypass surgery, tracheostomy, and heart surgery. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, he 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 Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Khalil's professional 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)

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

Dr. David Sanford specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Sanford include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and anemia. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Sanford completed his residency training at Scott and White Healthcare. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanford honors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

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

Dr. Eric Haas is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Haas average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Haas's clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Haas takes. Dr. Haas attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Fannin Surgicare. He has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. Luis Campos is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. After attending National University of San Agustin and Cayetano Heredia University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. These areas are among Dr. Campos's clinical interests: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. 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 has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Campos has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (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. Clinical interests for Dr. Peguero include pancreas problems, leukemia, and lung cancer. Dr. Peguero is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. 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. Peguero has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Myeloma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Yuval Raizen is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Raizen's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Raizen has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

Dr. Alex Phuoc Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2130 W. Holcombe Boulevard; 10th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alex Nguyen's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. His clinical interests include colon cancer, bone marrow aspiration, and blood disorders. Dr. Nguyen 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 graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Nguyen is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Blood Disorders

Dr. Ronjay Rakkhit, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2130 W. Holcombe Boulevard; 10th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ronjay Rakkhit is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and chemotherapy. Dr. Rakkhit is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. 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. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rakkhit's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, Blood Disorders, Chemotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Williams S Velasquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2130 W. Holcombe Boulevard; 10th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Velasquez is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: spinal cord tumor, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. Dr. Velasquez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at National University of San Marcos. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Velasquez welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, ... (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 is an internist and adult pulmonologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Saleem is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Saleem include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Saleem honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at 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 Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Chok Lee is an internist. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), asthma, and allergy testing. He accepts United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In addition to English, Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Lee 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. Jay Lin, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
One Baylor Plaza, Ms360; Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Radiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jay Lin works as a diagnostic radiologist in Houston, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lin include abdominal imaging, body imaging, and colon problems. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Cigna Connect, and Cigna Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Lin (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. Ali Mahmood, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ali Mahmood is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. He is especially interested in colon cancer, incontinence, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Mahmood accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Mahmood has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer

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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.