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We found 3 gastroenterologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Manitowoc, WI.

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Dr. Rajesh Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
601 Reed Avenue
Manitowoc, WI
 

Dr. Rajesh Sharma is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sharma is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Sharma (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County and Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1900 Woodland Drive
Manitowoc, WI
 

Dr. Jeremy Anclam specializes in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Anclam is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1900 Woodland Drive
Manitowoc, WI
 

Dr. William Alvarez's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.