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 an adult gastroenterology specialist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. He has a special interest in endoscopic sclerotherapy, hepatobiliary disorders, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Odom accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Odom is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). His 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 Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Sanford, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Dr. Sanford's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, anemia, 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. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Scott and White Healthcare. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sanford is affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His practice 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 is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include anemia, colon cancer, and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Manner's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Manner attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Manner is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors 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 professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 G Khalil, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6400 Fannin; #2850
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kamal Khalil works as a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. His clinical interests include peripheral bypass surgery, tracheostomy, and heart surgery. Dr. Khalil is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Polyclinic Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Cairo University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. In addition to English, Dr. Khalil (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

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

Dr. Luis Campos works as an adult hematologist and oncologist. After completing medical school at National University of San Agustin and Cayetano Heredia University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Campos include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and chemotherapy. Dr. Campos accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors in America; and America's Top Oncologist. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Campos is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. Jay Lin's specialty is diagnostic radiology. His areas of expertise include the following: abdominal imaging, body imaging, and colon problems. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Cigna Connect, and Cigna Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lin attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lin (or staff) speaks 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. Julio Antonio Peguero, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julio Peguero practices adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Peguero's areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, leukemia, and colon cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Peguero attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Peguero's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

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

Dr. Edward Piña's specialty is general surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Piña average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Piña's areas of expertise include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Piña is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes 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. Eric M Haas, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1404
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Haas specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Fannin Surgicare. Dr. Haas obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. Patients rated Dr. Haas highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Haas is accepting 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)

Dr. Lisa Marie Haubert, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1404
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Haubert is a colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: sacral nerve stimulation (SNS), colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). Dr. Haubert's professional affiliations include Baylor Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anal fissures, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Colectomy, Ileostomy, Colostomy, Fecal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Yuval Raizen works as an adult hematologist and oncologist. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He has a special interest in colon cancer, breast cancer, and myeloma. Dr. Raizen accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Raizen has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

Dr. Pablo Lohmann, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
6621 Fannin Street; Suite W6104
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Pablo Lohmann's area of specialization is neonatology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Lohmann trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for his residency. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Lung Problems, Borderline ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Chok Lee specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), asthma, and allergy testing. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He 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. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Allergy Testing, Asthma

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

Dr. A. Saleem specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Saleem's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Saleem's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Ali Mahmood is a colon and rectal surgeon. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Mahmood's clinical interests encompass colon cancer, incontinence, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mahmood is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Patients gave Dr. Patel an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: warts, thyroid problems, and moles. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She 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. Dr. Patel welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at 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)

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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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