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Dr. Kenneth Joseph Brown Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Coit Road; Suite 301
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Kenneth Brown's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Brown's areas of expertise include the following: pancreatitis, ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas, Dr. Brown attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Brown is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Pancreatitis, ERCP, Pancreatic Cancer, Colonoscopy

Dr. Sindhu Anna Abraham, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Coit Road; Suite 301
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Sindhu Abraham's specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Abraham has indicated that her clinical interests include pancreatitis, ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and colonoscopy. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Abraham is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatitis, Colonoscopy, ERCP

Dr. Arshad Husain Malik, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Coit Road; Suite 301
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Arshad Malik is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Malik graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is especially interested in pancreatitis, ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and colonoscopy. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Pancreatitis, ERCP, Pancreatic Cancer, Colonoscopy

Dr. Mitchell Jay Magee, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 Coit Road; Suite 303
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Mitchell Magee specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery and practices in Dallas, TX and Plano, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and advanced heart failure. Dr. Magee honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Magee has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Heart Problems, Tracheal Cancer, Heart Transplant, Hyperhidrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nandita Gopal Rao, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4708 Alliance Boulevard; #150
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Nandita Rao's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rao include leukemia, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and lung cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rao accepts. After completing medical school at Rangaraya Medical College, Dr. Rao performed her residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Dr. Manish Gupta, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4708 Alliance Boulevard; Suite 150
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Manish Gupta is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy), vulvar cancer, and intravesical chemotherapy. Dr. Gupta accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach tumor, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatoblastoma, rectal cancer, stomach problems, colon cancer, anal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal problems, stomach cancer, liver cancer, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Abdominal Cancer, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, ... (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 works as a general surgeon, cancer surgeon, and trauma surgeon in Las Colinas, TX, McKinney, TX, and Plano, TX. After attending Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Dr. Smith completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Las Colinas Medical Center. Dr. Smith welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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