We found 10 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Rowlett, TX.

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Dr. John Chen-Han Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. John Lee's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, heartburn, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Lee attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, peptic ulcer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, Thyroid Problems, Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Viralkumar Vinaychandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7401 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Viralkumar Patel practices adult gastroenterology in Dallas, TX and Rowlett, TX. Dr. Patel's education and training includes medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include heartburn, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ERCP, Heartburn, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sami Naci Arslanlar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Sami Arslanlar's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include heartburn, peptic ulcer, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Arslanlar's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arslanlar is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Arslanlar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, peptic ulcer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Cristina Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Alvarez is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Rowlett, TX and Dallas, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, colorectal cancer screening, and surgical procedures. Dr. Alvarez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Alvarez attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Alvarez is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. David W Ritter, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 270
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. David Ritter practices general surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ritter's clinical interests include thyroid problems, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ritter honors. Dr. Ritter is open to new patients. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Baylor University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher James Cottrell, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
7600 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 100
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Cottrell works as a general surgeon in Garland, TX, Rowlett, TX, and Rockwall, TX. Dr. Cottrell's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cottrell include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery), obesity, and heartburn. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Cottrell graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver. He speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery, Laparoscopic Fundoplication, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Jairo Rafael Olivares, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
10-110 Waterview Parkway
Roulett, TX
 

Dr. Jairo Olivares is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Olivares's areas of expertise include bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy), pituitary tumor surgery, and vulvar cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Oncology. He attended the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Olivares has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Olivares has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach tumor, 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. Roberto Rodriguez-Ruesga, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3142 Horizon Road; Suite 110
Rockwall, TX
 

Dr. Roberto Rodriguez-Ruesga practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Dallas, TX, Plano, TX, and Rockwall, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga has indicated that his clinical interests include cancer surgery, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Rockwall, and Texas Oncology. He obtained his medical school training at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic and Butterworth Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Cancer Surgery, Ulcerative Colitis, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Stephens, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
6800 Scenic Drive
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Stephens is a general surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Stephens include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Stephens obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Stephens speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Rockwall, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Stephens has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia, Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Rose Makohon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
7700 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 300b
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Makohon's area of specialization is general surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Makohon honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing her residency at Methodist Health System, Dr. Makohon attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Makohon speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Lake Pointe Medical Center, and Texas Health Kaufman. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, bowel obstruction, intestinal (bowel) problems, appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Abdominal Problems, Intestinal Problems, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Bowel ... (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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