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We found 23 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Katy, TX.

Dr. James Arthur Maher Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21392 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. James Maher's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Maher graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Maher welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrzej Jerzy Janecki, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1331 N. Grandparkway W. S.350
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Andrzej Janecki is an adult gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Janecki include hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Janecki is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He studied medicine at Poznan University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Janecki's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Liver Biopsy, Liver Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Alexander Currie, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21700 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 201
Katy, TX
 

Dr. William Currie's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Currie is a graduate of Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Colitis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Ulcers, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Memory Loss

Dr. Victor Wei-Ming Yang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
3319 Sterling Vista Boulevard
Katy, 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

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

Dr. Spencer Chun Yueh Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
21316 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Spencer Li's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Li is especially interested in colon cancer and crohn's disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Li takes. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Pedro Miguel Arguello, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21312 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Pedro Arguello's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arguello's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endoscopic sclerotherapy, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). 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. Arguello studied medicine at the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Sclerotherapy, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sahil Mittal, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21660 Kingsland Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Sahil Mittal practices adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. Dr. Mittal takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Mittal is affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Main Campus and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Katy Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Viral Hepatitis

Dr. Sunil Mohan Patel, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology
19770 Kingsland Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sunil Patel's areas of specialization are oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Anemia, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Nikesh Ramesh Jasani, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
19770 Kingsland Avenue; Suite 200
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Nikesh Jasani is an adult hematologist and adult oncologist. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, bone marrow aspiration, and lymphoma. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Jasani attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Jasani's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Omar Isaac Madriz, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 580
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Omar Madriz practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Madriz is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Madriz is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He welcomes new patients. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Rectal Bleeding, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Branden Hsu, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1331 W Grand Parkway N; Suite 340
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Branden Hsu is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, breast cancer, and brain cancer. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Texas Oncology, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Hsu takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu is open to new patients. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez works as a family medicine physician. Dr. Alvarez's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Central America and the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine and residency at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Her clinical interests include knee problems, warts, and menopause. She has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Alvarez is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Amenorrhea, Scoliosis, Kidney Stones, Gallstones, Hypertension, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Wylie Moore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Moore is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Dr. Moore graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. His clinical interests include minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Moore accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His professional affiliations include 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: Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kalapatapu's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kalapatapu takes. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Dieu rick Rick Quang Rick Ngo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Dieu Ngo is a general surgery specialist in Katy, TX, Stafford, TX, and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Ngo is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Joey Michael Bluhm, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Frwy.; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Joey Bluhm practices general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bluhm include thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. Patients gave Dr. Bluhm an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Bluhm's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gallstones, Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, ... (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.