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We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Advantage Bronze HMO 006 near Plano, TX.

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

Dr. Kenneth Brown's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Brown an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brown include pancreatitis, colonoscopy, and pancreatic cancer. He is affiliated with Texas Health Resources. Dr. Brown is in-network 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 is a gastroenterologist in Plano, TX. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abraham include pancreatitis, colonoscopy, and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Abraham is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abraham graduated from Boston University School of Medicine.

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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 specializes 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Malik include pancreatitis, colonoscopy, and pancreatic cancer. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Pancreatitis, ERCP, Pancreatic Cancer, Colonoscopy

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

Dr. Manish Gupta is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy). Dr. Gupta is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Gupta attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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

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

Dr. Nandita Rao is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in McKinney, TX and Plano, TX. Her areas of expertise include leukemia, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and lung cancer. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at Rangaraya Medical College, Dr. Rao performed her residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas. Dr. Rao's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. 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 is a general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and trauma surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. Dr. Smith is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for his residency. Dr. Smith's 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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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.