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We found 6 gastroenterologists who accept Great-West Healthcare near The Woodlands, TX.

Dr. Ali Tarkan Dural, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
111 Vision Park Boulevard; #150
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Ali Dural's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Dural (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Turkish. Dr. Dural is especially interested in ulcers and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Dural's education and training includes medical school at Ege University and residency at Grant Hospital of Chicago, Westlake Hospital, and Rush University Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Dural average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopic Ultrasound, Ulcers

Dr. Shailaja Savitri Behara, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 48
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Shailaja Behara works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Behara (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Houston Northwest Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Before completing her residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston, Dr. Behara attended medical school at Andhra Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Behara average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Behara accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Colonoscopy

Dr. Lynn Ray Copeland, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
111 Vision Park Boulevard; #150
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Lynn Copeland's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Copeland graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His areas of clinical interest consist of ulcers and colorectal cancer screening. 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. Copeland is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Ulcers, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Abraham Winkelstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
111 Vision Park Boulevard; #150
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Abraham Winkelstein is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Winkelstein's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers and colorectal cancer screening. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Winkelstein takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Clinical interests: Ulcers, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Ravi Kumar Moparty, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26103 Interstate 45
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ravi Moparty, who practices in The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. Dr. Moparty trained at Edgewater Hospital for his residency. He is especially interested in ulcers. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Moparty (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Ulcers

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9201 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Thang Le is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Le (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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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.