We found 20 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Choice near Spring, TX.

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

Dr. Atif Shahzad is a The Woodlands, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shahzad include ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. Dr. Shahzad has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Shahzad takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. 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. Dr. Shahzad's professional affiliations include Houston Northwest Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Sardar Khan's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Khan graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and King Edward Medical University. He trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. His clinical interests include ulcers, anemia, and colon cancer. Dr. Khan has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Khan is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon ... (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 in Houston, TX, Spring, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include esophageal dilation, pancreatitis, and colon problems. Dr. Julapalli accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Telugu. Dr. Julapalli is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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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)

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

Dr. Hari Pokala works as a gastroenterologist in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, colon cancer, and hepatobiliary disorders. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pokala accepts. Dr. Pokala studied medicine at the University of Madras. Dr. Pokala (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Dr. Pokala's 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 cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Harry S Ojeas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
444 F.m.; 1959 Road
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Harry Ojeas is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Houston, TX, Pasadena, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. His areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Ojeas 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. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist.

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

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Liver Biopsy, Anemia

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

Dr. Wallace Gleason works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Gleason attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and nutrition issues. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Physicians and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

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

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Azimuddin's areas of expertise include the following: cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes residency programs at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Azimuddin is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Azimuddin's office for an appointment.

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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. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood, 2c; Peakwood Professional Building
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Pidala speaks Spanish. Dr. Pidala is professionally affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Ashiqueali Poonawala's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College and Dow Medical College and a graduate of St. John's Hospital's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Poonawala include prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. 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. Dr. Poonawala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Poonawala's professional 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. Lisa Chen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Chen, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Chen is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen 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. She is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

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

Dr. Thomas Newton is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Newton's clinical interests: bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training 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, Dr. Newton speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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. Charles L Yen, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
17323 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Yen works as a hematologist and oncologist in Houston, TX, Shenandoah, TX, and Cypress, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yen include lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon problems. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Yen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes 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 and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Colon Problems, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Dexter Godfrey Turnquest, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17070 Red Oak Drive; Suite 101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and CorVel. Dr. Turnquest graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. Dr. Turnquest has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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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. Bharat Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite B4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Latthe (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi. 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. Before performing his residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Latthe attended Grant Medical College for medical school. Dr. Latthe honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star.

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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
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite G3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Junuk Kim's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He practices in Houston, TX and Shenandoah, TX. These areas are among Dr. Kim's clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, and colon problems. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim takes. Dr. Kim is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and Japanese.

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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
1125 Cypress Station Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Raphaeli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raphaeli include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Raphaeli at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Raphaeli accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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)

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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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