We found 16 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Silver near Shenandoah, TX.

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Dr. Atif Shahzad, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26103 Ih 45 N; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Atif Shahzad's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Shahzad's clinical interests include ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Shahzad has received professional recognition including the following: Resident of The Year and Top Doctor. Dr. Shahzad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi-Urdu. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastric Electrical Stimulation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gallbladder Problems, Ulcers, Hepatitis ... (Read more)

Dr. Venodhar Julapalli Julapalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 495
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Venodhar Julapalli is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He speaks Telugu. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal dilation, pancreatitis, and colon problems. Dr. Julapalli is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Julapalli is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Julapalli takes.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sheela Chandra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
106 Vision Park Boulevard
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Sheela Chandra is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Houston, TX and Shenandoah, TX. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After completing medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Dr. Chandra performed her residency at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She is affiliated with Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center, and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Woodlands.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Pancreas Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary Disorders

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His training includes residency programs at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Azimuddin at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael A Lugo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
150 Pine Forest Drive; Suite 404
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Lugo specializes in general surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Lugo is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lugo is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Laparoscopic Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Pidala is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. His medical residency was performed at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Pidala has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Pidala welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles L Yen, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
18488 Interstate 45 South
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Charles Yen's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. Dr. Yen takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Yen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sarcoidosis, Brain Cancer, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas R Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9250 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Clinical interests for Dr. Newton include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). Patient reviews placed Dr. Newton at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Newton is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, colon polyps, colitis

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharat Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1120 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Shenandoah, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Latthe's education and training includes medical school at Grant Medical College and residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Latthe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Ear Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Nose Problems, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Junuk Kim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
129 Vision Park Boulevard; Suite 212
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Junuk Kim sees patients in Houston, TX and Shenandoah, TX. His medical specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Kim's areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, and colon problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Kim's training includes a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Kim (or staff) is conversant in Korean, Spanish, and Japanese. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Stomach Cancer, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Patient ratings for Dr. Raphaeli average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Raphaeli (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems

All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Problems, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Murtaza N Bhuriwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala is a hematologist and adult oncologist in Kingwood, TX, Houston, TX, and Tomball, TX. These areas are among Dr. Bhuriwala's clinical interests: lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Grace Hospital, Detroit. Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Sindhi, and Arabic. He is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Dr. James Alexander Field, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. James Field is a general surgeon in The Woodlands, TX. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. Dr. Field is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Endoscopy

Dr. Ikedinobi Ugochukwu Eni, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 120
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ikedinobi Eni's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Eni is a graduate of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease

All Interests: Hypertension, Ear Problems, Heart Problems, Nose Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Karim, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9201 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Altaf Karim's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karim takes. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Stress Testing, Neurological ... (Read more)

Dr. Diego C Marines Copado, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
17183 Interstate 45 S.; Suite 530
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Diego Marines is a colon and rectal surgeon. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Marines's clinical interests: colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and incontinence. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marines honors. Dr. Marines welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Tamaulipas.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopic ... (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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