We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum EPO near Cleveland, OH.

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Dr. Sunguk Nathan Jang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9500 Euclid Avenue; Q3-1
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Sunguk Jang, who practices in Cleveland, OH and Strongsville, OH, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Jang performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jang include esophageal cancer, cryotherapy, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jang accepts. Dr. Jang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and German. His professional affiliations include Euclid Hospital, Strongsville Family Health & Surgery Center, and Marymount Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer, esophageal stricture (narrowing), gastritis, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andreas G Tzakis, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Andreas Tzakis works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Patient reviews placed Dr. Tzakis at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tzakis's clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tzakis takes. Dr. Tzakis graduated from the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. For Dr. Tzakis's professional training, Dr. Tzakis completed residency programs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Tzakis has received include Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Tzakis (or staff) speaks Greek and French. Dr. Tzakis is professionally affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital (Hollywood, FL) - Main Campus, Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles Mark Miller, MD
Specializes in Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code Hs1-02
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Charles Miller is a surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Miller include extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and hepatitis C. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miller takes. Dr. Miller's education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Miller has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bijan Eghtesad, MD
Specializes in Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Bijan Eghtesad is a physician who specializes in surgery. He speaks Persian. These areas are among Dr. Eghtesad's clinical interests: extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, pancreas transplant, and gallbladder cancer. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Before completing his residency at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Eghtesad attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Patient ratings for Dr. Eghtesad average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Eghtesad honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Cleveland Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatectomy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gallbladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cristiano Quintini, MD
Specializes in Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code A100
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Cristiano Quintini's area of specialization is surgery. Dr. Quintini attended medical school at the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and hepatitis C. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Quintini takes. Dr. Quintini (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Koji Hashimoto, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; # A110
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Koji Hashimoto is a transplant surgery specialist. These areas are among Dr. Hashimoto's clinical interests: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and soft tissue sarcoma. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Japanese. Dr. Hashimoto is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer, small intestine disorders, short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Abdominal ... (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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