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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8080 Independence Parkway; Suite 200
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Tanya Evans specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Evans has a special interest in heartburn and acid reflux (GERD). She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Medical Center of McKinney, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). She attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Scott and White Healthcare. She is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Acid Reflux

Dr. Colleen Irene Kennedy, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4708 Alliance Boulevard; Pavilion 1, Suite 830
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Colleen Kennedy is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Rockwall, TX, Dallas, TX, and Plano, TX. Dr. Kennedy attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Her areas of expertise include the following: anti-reflux surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Kennedy is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rassa Shahidzadeh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Rassa Shahidzadeh, who practices in Plano, TX and Frisco, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shahidzadeh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. His areas of expertise include the following: indigestion, achalasia, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Shahidzadeh graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Dr. Shibu Geevarghese Oommen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Shibu Oommen works as a gastroenterologist. Patients gave Dr. Oommen an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: indigestion, achalasia, and colon cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Oommen attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He speaks Malayalam. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas G Van Dinter Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Van Dinter specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Plano, TX and Dallas, TX. These areas are among Dr. Van Dinter's clinical interests: achalasia, colon cancer, and hepatitis C. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Van Dinter is professionally affiliated with Dallas Diagnostic Association.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Marie Papaila Hawes, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Papaila practices general surgery. Dr. Papaila's areas of expertise include groin hernia, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, and gallbladder problems. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she performed her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, Dr. Papaila speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Biliary Disorders, Colon Problems, Endocrine Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Lawrence Smith, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
3801 W 15th Street; Suite 150b
Plano, TX
 

Dr. David Smith specializes in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and trauma surgery and practices in Las Colinas, TX, McKinney, TX, and Plano, TX. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Las Colinas Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Sarcoma, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
4001 West 15th Street; Suite 335
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Alan London specializes in general surgery and practices in Plano, TX and Frisco, TX. His clinical interests include amputation, gallbladder problems, and liver disease. Dr. London is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. London is professionally affiliated with Centennial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hydrocelectomy, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Amputation, ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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