We found 9 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Advantage near Longview, TX.

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Dr. Andrei Claudio Gasic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
707 Hollybrook Drive; Suite 503
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Andrei Gasic's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gasic is professionally affiliated with ETMC First Physicians.

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Dr. Julian Vanlandingham Deese, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3209 4th Street; Suite 300
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Julian Deese is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Deese is professionally affiliated with ETMC First Physicians. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Deese attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deese accepts.

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Dr. Billy George Hughes, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E Marshall Avenue; Suite 200
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Bill Hughes' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Regional Healthcare System. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hughes at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hughes honors.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E Marshall Avenue; Suite 200
Longview, TX
 

Dr. William Torres is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
707 Hollybrook Drive; Suite 503
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Pavan Saridena sees patients in Longview, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Saridena a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E Marshall Avenue; Suite 200
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Perry Lewis' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lewis's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lewis takes. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E Marshall Avenue; Suite 200
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Daryl Buckelew is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Buckelew takes.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E Marshall Avenue; Suite 200
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Shayne Skarda sees patients in Longview, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Skarda takes.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E Marshall Avenue; Suite 200
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Olusola Olofinlade's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, 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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