We found 15 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Katy, TX.

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

Dr. James Maher works as an adult gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Maher include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Maher accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. William Currie is an adult gastroenterologist in Katy, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Currie is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Currie studied medicine at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. He is 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 practices adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Yang is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Yang is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yang honors. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Omar Madriz's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Bunker Hill Village, TX. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Madriz attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Madriz has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Madriz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hsu include colon cancer, breast cancer, and brain cancer. Dr. Hsu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Texas Oncology, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hsu takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hsu's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez's medical specialty is family medicine. She has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Alvarez's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, warts, and menopause. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alvarez graduated from Autonomous University of Central America and the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine. She trained at Swedish Covenant Hospital for residency. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Alvarez has an open panel.

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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. Sammy Elias Khoury, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23960 Katy Freeway; Suite 130
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Sammy Khoury is a general surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoury include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Khoury average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Khoury attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Lankenau Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Colposcopy, Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thomas Moore is a specialist in general surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Moore is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Moore is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston's residency program.

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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 is an internist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Dr. Kalapatapu studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His clinical interests include knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). 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. Kalapatapu's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 medical specialist in general surgery. His clinical interests include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University, Dr. Ngo attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Ngo is accepting new patients.

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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 is a general surgeon. Dr. Bluhm's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bluhm's practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Scott Thomas McKnight, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 580
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Scott McKnight is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. McKnight accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery, Fecal Incontinence, Anorectal Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arturo Gabriel Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 220
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Arturo Gonzalez's area of specialization is general surgery. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. Dr. Gonzalez's areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, minor surgery, and hemorrhoids. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 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. Dr. Gonzalez is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Minor Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. William Clay Albrecht, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560
Katy, TX
 

Dr. William Albrecht, who practices in Stafford, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Albrecht include breast biopsy, breast surgery, and colon cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, Dr. Albrecht attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. Dr. Albrecht is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Sunil Kumar Chillakuru Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
23923 Cinco Ranch Boulevard; Suite 400
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Sunil Reddy is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Reddy is conversant in Telugu. He has a special interest in peptic ulcer, colon cancer, and endoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Reddy graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine and Osmania Medical College and then he performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy accepts.

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

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Endoscopy, Peptic Ulcer

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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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