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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. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahzad include ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. The average patient rating for Dr. Shahzad 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. He 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. Dr. Shahzad's professional affiliations include 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: 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 gastroenterologist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include ulcers, anemia, and colon cancer. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and King Edward Medical University and then he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Khan's professional affiliations include 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Julapalli average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Julapalli's areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal dilation, pancreatitis, and colon problems. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 is conversant in 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. Wallace Anselm Gleason Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
17030 Nanes Drive; Suite 208
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wallace Gleason is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Gleason's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and nutrition issues. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Gleason is affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17202 Red Oak Drive; Suite 305
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hari Pokala is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include ulcers, colon cancer, and hepatobiliary disorders. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pokala honors. Dr. Pokala studied medicine at Kilpauk Medical College and the University of Madras. Dr. Pokala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He welcomes 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. Franz Emil Schneider, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
444 F.m.; 1959 Road
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Franz Schneider is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Schneider's areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and hepatitis C. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He studied medicine at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schneider accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Azimuddin trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Azimuddin include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Azimuddin 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. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is affiliated with 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

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's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Pidala honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Pidala trained at Summa Akron City Hospital for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yen accepts. Dr. Yen attended 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 medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Yen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Dr. Yen is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Dexter Godfrey Turnquest, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17070 Red Oak; Suite 507
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Turnquest include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and minor surgery. Dr. Turnquest's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, CorVel, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. Dr. Turnquest 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 cancer, colon problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Skin Cancer, Minor Surgery, Pancreatitis, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashiqueali I Poonawala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17506 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ashiqueali Poonawala practices general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Poonawala include prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and Dow Medical College and residency at St. John's Hospital. Dr. Poonawala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Poonawala's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is open to 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 works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family medicine physician, and geriatrician. His areas of expertise include the following: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Latthe is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Before completing his residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Latthe attended medical school at Grant Medical College. Dr. Latthe (or staff) is conversant in 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
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. His clinical interests include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). The average patient rating for Dr. Newton is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Newton trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Newton is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 practices adult hematology and adult oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Bhuriwala 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. He attended Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit. Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.

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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 medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Chen's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen honors. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, she 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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Chen's hospital/clinic 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's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. These areas are among Dr. Kim's clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, and colon problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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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.