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We found 19 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Choice near Spring, TX.

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

Dr. Atif Shahzad is an adult gastroenterology specialist in The Woodlands, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Shahzad average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shahzad's clinical interests include ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Shahzad attended Ross University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Resident of The Year and Top Doctor. In addition to English, Dr. Shahzad (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi-Urdu.

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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. Sardar A Daud Daud Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
714 Fm 1960 Road W
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sardar Khan is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Houston, TX. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and King Edward Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include ulcers, anemia, and colon cancer. Patients gave Dr. Khan an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. 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. Khan is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Venodhar Rao Julapalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Fm 2920; Suite 180
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Venodhar Julapalli is an adult gastroenterologist. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal dilation, pancreatitis, and colon problems. Dr. Julapalli is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Julapalli takes. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He 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. Hari Prasada Rao Pokala, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17202 Red Oak Drive; Suite 305
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hari Pokala is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include ulcers, colon cancer, and hepatobiliary disorders. Dr. Pokala honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Kilpauk Medical College and the University of Madras. Dr. Pokala (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wallace Anselm Gleason Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
17030 Nanes Drive; Suite 208
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wallace Gleason is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and nutrition issues. He is affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Before performing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Gleason attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gleason honors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Franz Emil Schneider, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
444 F.m.; 1959 Road
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Franz Schneider is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and hepatitis C. Dr. Schneider's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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

All Interests: Rectal Bleeding, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Endoscopy, Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Ste G3-4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, who practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Azimuddin is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. For his professional training, Dr. Azimuddin completed residency programs at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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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
800 Peakwood, 2c; Peakwood Professional Building
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Pidala accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Pidala completed a residency program at Summa Akron City Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pidala is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. 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

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
17323 Red Oak
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Yen's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Yen's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine 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. For his professional training, Dr. Yen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. His practice 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. Ashiqueali I Poonawala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17506 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ashiqueali Poonawala works as a general internist in Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at St. John's Hospital, Dr. Poonawala attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and Dow Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Poonawala takes. Dr. Poonawala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Bone Spurs, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharat B Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite B 4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise include the following: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Latthe honors. 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. 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. Dexter Godfrey Turnquest, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17070 Red Oak; Suite 507
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Turnquest include ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Turnquest is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, CorVel, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas, Dr. Turnquest attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Turnquest speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pancreatitis, Ulcers, Endoscopy, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Richard Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newton include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). He is an in-network provider for 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands 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. Murtaza Najmuddin Bhuriwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5d
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala sees patients in Kingwood, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Tomball, TX. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Bhuriwala's areas of clinical interest consist of lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhuriwala takes. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit. Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

Dr. Lisa Chen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Chen is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX. She obtained her medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chen's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen accepts. Dr. Chen is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , anal fissures, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation

All Interests: Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Abscesses, Anal Fissures, Hemorrhoids, Colorectal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Junuk Kim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite G3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Junuk Kim is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Clinical interests for Dr. Kim include inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, and colon problems. 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 distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and Japanese. Dr. Kim 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)

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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.