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We found 7 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 004 near Texarkana, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1920 Moores Lane; Suite A
Texarkana, TX
 

Dr. James Boehmke practices adult gastroenterology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5002 Cowhorn Creek Road
Texarkana, TX
 

Dr. Michael Paolucci is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Paolucci attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1920 Moores Lane
Texarkana, TX
 

Dr. Stanley Knowles is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Knowles is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Laura Gayle Balmain, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1920 Moores Lane
Texarkana, TX
 

Dr. Laura Balmain's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Balmain is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Dr. John Chardin Cozart, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1920 Moores Lane
Texarkana, TX
 

Dr. John Cozart works as an adult gastroenterologist in Texarkana, TX. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cozart graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hospital Medicine
1920 Moores Lane
Texarkana, TX
 

Dr. Brian So is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. So takes. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5002 Cowhorn Creek Road
Texarkana, TX
 

Dr. Ayotokunbo Olosunde is an adult gastroenterologist in Texarkana, TX. She graduated from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. Dr. Olosunde honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Olosunde (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.