We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Johnson City, TN.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
310 N State of Franklin Road; Suite 202
Johnson City, TN
 

Dr. Jason McKinney is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. McKinney is professionally affiliated with Mountain Home VA Medical Center. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Puneet Goenka M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
310 N State of Franklin Road; Suite 202
Johnson City, TN
 

Dr. Puneet Goenka is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Mountain Home VA Medical Center. Dr. Goenka accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.08 stars (3 ratings)
310 N State of Franklin Road; Suite 202
Johnson City, TN
 

Dr. David Welch is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Johnson City, TN. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Welch accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
408 N State of Franklin Road; Suite 24
Johnson City, TN
 

Dr. Thomas Borthwick is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
329 N State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN
 

Dr. Gene Le Sage's area of specialization 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.
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