We found 6 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Live Oak, TX.

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Dr. Clinton D Polhamus, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12709 Toepperwein Road; Suite 301
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Clinton Polhamus is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and constipation. He is affiliated with Methodist Health System. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Polhamus completed his residency training at Wright-Patterson Medical Center. Dr. Polhamus honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Consultation, Colonoscopy, Constipation

Dr. Ricardo A Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12709 Toepperwein Road; Suite 301
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Hernandez is a San Antonio, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Hernandez focuses on crohn's disease, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Hernandez is professionally affiliated with Methodist Health System. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. Patient ratings for Dr. Hernandez average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hernandez accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Oscar Ramirez is an adult gastroenterologist in Live Oak, TX and San Antonio, TX. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. David Jones sees patients in Live Oak, TX and San Antonio, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic 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.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Michael Piesman specializes in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12850 Toepperwein Road
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Hays Arnold is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Live Oak, TX and San Antonio, TX. Dr. Arnold attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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