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

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

Dr. John Lee's specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee's areas of expertise include heartburn, pancreas problems, and peptic ulcer. He takes 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 Canada and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Lake Pointe Medical Center, and Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT), P.A.. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Viralkumar Patel is a specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). He works in Dallas, TX and Rowlett, TX. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. His 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. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. 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 practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Arslanlar graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Arslanlar completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His clinical interests include heartburn, peptic ulcer, and colorectal cancer screening. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arslanlar has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Arslanlar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish. Dr. Arslanlar is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Alvarez's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, colorectal cancer screening, and surgical procedures. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and a graduate of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Jairo Olivares' areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy), pituitary tumor surgery, and vulvar cancer. Dr. Olivares takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Olivares attended the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Olivares's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Oncology.

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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 works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. He has a special interest in cancer surgery, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. 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. After attending Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic and Butterworth Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, and Texas Oncology.

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

Dr. David Ritter is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Rowlett, TX, Rockwall, TX, and Dallas, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ritter's clinical interests include thyroid problems, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Dr. Ritter completed his residency training at Baylor University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. 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 welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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

Dr. Katherine Rose Makohon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
6800 Scenic Drive
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Makohon works as a general surgeon. She speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include diverticular disease, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Makohon's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Before completing her residency at Methodist Health System, Dr. Makohon attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Makohon is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Stephens' specialty is general surgery. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Stephens's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Stephens is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

Dr. Christopher James Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
7600 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 100
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Cottrell is an undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and bariatric surgery specialist. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He trained at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver for his residency. These areas are among Dr. Cottrell's clinical interests: weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery), obesity, and heartburn. Dr. Cottrell has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Fundoplication, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Stomach ... (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.