We found 13 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Alpharetta, GA.

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Dr. Alan M Fixelle, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Preston Ridge Road; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Alan Fixelle's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. Dr. Fixelle is affiliated with Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Dr. Fixelle is a graduate of New York Medical College. His residency was performed at Westchester Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jay Arthur Cherner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Preston Ridge Road; Suite 270
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Jay Cherner is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cherner speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Cherner include heartburn, barrett's esophagus, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cherner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Cancer, Barrett's Esophagus, Hepatitis, Heartburn, Acid Reflux

Dr. Stephen J Rashbaum, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 290
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Stephen Rashbaum is an adult gastroenterologist in Roswell, GA and Johns Creek, GA. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Dr. Rashbaum is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Patients rated Dr. Rashbaum highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Stenosis, Colitis, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melvin Dana Bullock, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11685 Alpharetta Highway; Suite 320
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Melvin Bullock's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Bullock's areas of expertise include esophageal varices, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bullock honors. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Georgia and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His professional affiliations include Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Stenosis, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Alexander Petrofski, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1380 Upper Hembree Road
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Jason Petrofski is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Petrofski include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Petrofski is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Petrofski is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His professional affiliations include WellStar North Fulton Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Anila H Qidwai, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1570 Old Alabama Road
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Anila Qidwai is a family practice physician in Roswell, GA and Johns Creek, GA. Clinical interests for Dr. Qidwai include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), depression, and executive health. Patient reviews placed Dr. Qidwai at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Dr. Qidwai attended medical school at Dow Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Qidwai (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Qidwai is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer

All Interests: Depression, Primary Care, Executive Health, Family Planning, Hypertension, Dementia, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ahad Masroor Khan, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
11780 Northfall Lane; 304
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Ahad Khan practices general surgery in Alpharetta, GA and Johns Creek, GA. He is a graduate of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College. These areas are among Dr. Khan's clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan accepts. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, Colitis, Hiatal Hernia, Colorectal Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Laban Gravlee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 460
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Mark Gravlee's specialty is general surgery. Dr. Gravlee is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Gravlee include breast surgery, colon cancer, and breast issues. He is affiliated with WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gravlee honors. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Colon Cancer

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3005 Royal Boulevard South; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Alpharetta, GA and Tucker, GA. He has a special interest in diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Uchegbu takes. Before completing his residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Dr. Uchegbu attended medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. Dr. Uchegbu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. Dr. Uchegbu's hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Orreth Bruce Case, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5755 N Point Parkway; Suite 98
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Orreth Case specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Alpharetta, GA, Johns Creek, GA, and Atlanta, GA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Case include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Healthcare, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, and Atlanta General Surgery. He attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and Morehouse School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Case accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Aetna Medicare.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal problems, gastrointestinal motility disorders, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, colitis

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Wounds, Colitis, Hiatal Hernia, Pancreatic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Donald Williams, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5755 N Point Parkway; Suite 223
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Michael Williams is a surgery specialist. Dr. Williams's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: gallbladder problems, thyroid surgery, and tumor. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Williams trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Northside Hospital - Cherokee, and Northside Hospital - Forsyth.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Stenosis, Appendectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Savitha Shama, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
735 N Main Street; Suite 1100
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Savitha Shama is a general practitioner and internist in Alpharetta, GA and Johns Creek, GA. Clinical interests for Dr. Shama include prostate problems, menopause, and depression. Patient ratings for Dr. Shama average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shama is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Mysore Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Morehouse School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Emory Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Menopause, Depression, Nutrition Issues, Primary Care, Osteoporosis, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Sudha Madhuri Cheekati, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2795 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Sudha Cheekati's specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: prostate problems, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and genital warts. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Cheekati attended Andhra Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Menopause, Depression, Nutrition Issues, Primary Care, Osteoporosis, Allergies, ... (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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