We found 53 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare HSA near Sugar Land, TX.

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Dr. Stanley Howard Stein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Stanley Stein is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Sugar Land, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stein include diabetes, pancreas problems, and ulcers. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Stein obtained his medical school training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stein is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Angela Denise McGee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center; 11555 University Boulevard
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Angela McGee is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She has a special interest in hepatobiliary disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. McGee accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Morehouse School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Ambulatory Surgery Center at Main Campus, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Nitesh B Vachhani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 435
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Nitesh Vachhani is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Vachhani's areas of expertise include pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Vachhani at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vachhani accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Gregory Lance Shannon, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
16605 Sw Freeway; Suite 335
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Shannon is a gastroenterologist. In his practice, Dr. Shannon focuses on polyps, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shannon's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His 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, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shannon is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Polyps, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Colon Problems

Dr. Jose Guillermo Trabanino II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1111 Highway 6; Suite 105
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. J. Trabanino practices adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Trabanino is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: endoscopic sclerotherapy, ulcers, and colon cancer. Dr. Trabanino is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Trabanino attended medical school at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Ulcers, Endoscopy, Biliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Leka Gajula, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16651 Southwest Freeway; Suite 370
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Leka Gajula's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Gajula at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gajula include obesity, colon cancer, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gajula takes. After attending Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Gajula is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Burns, Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Nisar Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Nisar Ahmed's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and ulcers. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed honors. Dr. Ahmed studied medicine at Dow Medical College. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kumara Peddamatham's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and ulcers. Dr. Peddamatham is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. Dr. Peddamatham's medical residency was performed at Cabrini Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Peddamatham is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Brain AVM, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Madhukar Kaw sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, ulcers, and anemia. Dr. Kaw is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Srinagar and performed his residency at Government Medical College and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Kaw is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Tojo Thomas' areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Dr. Thomas is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Patient reviews placed Dr. Thomas at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Balasubramaniam's areas of expertise include warts, cancer surgery, and crohn's disease. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is a graduate of Mayo Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Balasubramaniam completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sohail Rashmi Shah, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
15400 Southwest Freeway; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sohail Shah specializes in pediatric surgery and general surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), gastrointestinal surgery, and neonatal surgery. Dr. Shah accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Neonatal Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael David Yaakovian, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Michael Yaakovian's medical specialty is general surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yaakovian include bowel surgery, colorectal surgery procedures, and breast surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Yaakovian is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Yaakovian trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Gallstones, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, Skin Surgery, Inflammatory Eye Disease, Breast Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 550
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. David Sanford's areas of specialization are surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Before performing his residency at Scott and White Healthcare, Dr. Sanford attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. Dr. Sanford is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Sanford is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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Dr. Apurva B Pancholy, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Apurva Pancholy is a specialist in urogynecology. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pelvic surgery, sexual dysfunction, and laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH). Dr. Pancholy is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pancholy has an open panel. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. In addition to English, Dr. Pancholy (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence

All Interests: Gynecologic Procedures, Incontinence, Fecal Incontinence, Sexual Dysfunction, Laparoscopically ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Wayne Peterson, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center; 11555 University Boulevard
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Eric Peterson is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Peterson's areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and ablation. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center. Dr. Peterson is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Depression, Adolescent Issues, NovaSure, Infertility, Tumor, Gynecologic ... (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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