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We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Silver near Shenandoah, TX.

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

Dr. Atif Shahzad is an adult gastroenterologist in The Woodlands, TX. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Shahzad's areas of expertise include ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Shahzad's distinctions include: Resident of The Year and Top Doctor. In addition to English, Dr. Shahzad (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi-Urdu. His professional affiliations include Houston Northwest Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Dr. Shahzad is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gallbladder Problems, Ulcers, Hepatitis C, Heartburn, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sheela Chandra's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chandra's professional affiliations include Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Woodlands. Before performing her residency at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Chandra attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University for medical school. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Venodhar Julapalli, who practices in Houston, TX, Spring, TX, and Shenandoah, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Julapalli at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal dilation, pancreatitis, and colon problems. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Julapalli honors. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Julapalli's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Julapalli speaks Telugu.

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

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His clinical interests include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for residency. Dr. Azimuddin's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Azimuddin is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Mark Pidala sees patients in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His medical specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Pidala graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Pidala trained at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Pidala has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Pidala's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to 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 is an adult hematologist and oncologist in Houston, TX, Shenandoah, TX, and Cypress, TX. These areas are among Dr. Yen's clinical interests: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from 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. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yen (or staff) speaks the following 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 open to 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. Bharat B Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1120 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family medicine physician, and geriatrician in Shenandoah, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Latthe's hospital/clinic affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. After completing medical school at Grant Medical College, he performed his residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Latthe (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi.

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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. Thomas Richard Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 320
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. Dr. Newton is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Newton attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala practices adult hematology and adult oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Bhuriwala is a graduate of Dow Medical College and a graduate of Grace Hospital, Detroit's residency program. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 surgery specialist. Dr. Field takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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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 practices general internal medicine in The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Eni is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He attended medical school at 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. 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 surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Humble, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Raphaeli honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Raphaeli completed a residency program at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Raphaeli's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Raphaeli is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Altaf Karim practices general internal medicine. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karim takes. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College. Dr. Karim's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is 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. Sunil Kumar Chillakuru Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
17350 St. Lukes Way; Suite 320
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. Sunil Reddy is an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. His clinical interests include peptic ulcer, colon cancer, and endoscopy. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and Osmania Medical College, Dr. Reddy performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is conversant in Telugu. Dr. Reddy is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Endoscopy, Peptic Ulcer

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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.