We found 70 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Bronze 103 - One $0 PCP Visit near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Hashem Beshir El Serag, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10.198
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hashem El-Serag is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). His clinical interests include barrett's esophagus, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and viral hepatitis. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility, and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. El-Serag's residency was performed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Patient ratings for Dr. El-Serag average 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. El-Serag accepts. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gastrointestinal Problems, Epidemiology, Viral Hepatitis, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rise J Stribling, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Adult Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rise Stribling's areas of specialization are gastroenterology (digestive system), nutrition, and adult hepatology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include abdominal paracentesis (abdominal tap), hepatitis C, and liver cancer. Dr. Stribling's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Transplant Procedures, Abdominal Paracentesis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert J Jay Shulman, MD
Specializes in Nutrition, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
1100 Bates Street; Room 8072, Mc 5-1000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert Shulman, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). He is conversant in German. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Shulman is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shulman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Waqar Ahmad Qureshi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Waqar Qureshi's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He attended medical school at the University College London (UCL) Medical School. He completed his residency training at Highland Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Royal Free Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Qureshi's clinical interests: hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy. Dr. Qureshi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Manometry, Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Howard Chiou, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6701 Fannin Street; Suite 1010
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Chiou's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He practices in Houston, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Chiou honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for residency. Dr. Chiou has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Manreet Pannu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Manreet Kaur is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kaur (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kaur include women's health issues, colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy. She is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kaur has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Women's Health Issues, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy

Dr. John Moore Vierling, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6620 Main Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Vierling is an adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) specialist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Vierling include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis, and transplant procedures. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vierling takes. Dr. Vierling graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Vierling's medical residency was performed at Strong Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Clinic and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Transplant Procedures, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Wilson's ... (Read more)

Dr. Gagan Kumar Sood, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
1709 Dryden Road; Suite 1500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gagan Sood is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Sood include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), ascites (abdominal edema), and liver cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Clinic and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sood studied medicine at Indira Gandhi Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Ascites, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Wilson's Disease, Hypertension, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Johanna Leigh Chan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 10c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Johanna Chan sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: women's health issues, colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Chan graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Chan speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Women's Health Issues, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Jim T Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jim Schwartz is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Schwartz studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise consist of ulcers, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schwartz has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Norman Leslie Sussman, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Norman Sussman is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology. Dr. Sussman has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatitis, liver cancer, and transplant procedures. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Transplant Procedures, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Lubin Fernando Arevalo Santana, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite A10.190 (ms: Bcm901)
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lubin Arevalo Santana's specialties are nutrition, adult gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Arevalo Santana include barrett's esophagus, esophageal motility disorders, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Arevalo Santana is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York Medical College and National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. Dr. Arevalo Santana is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), esophageal motility disorders, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ryan Wallace Himes, MD
Specializes in Nutrition, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6621 Fannin Street; Ccc 1010.00
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Himes' specialties are nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). His areas of expertise include hepatoblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and liver tumor. Dr. Himes honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Liver Transplant, Hepatoblastoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hypertension, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Carol Ann Redel, MD
Specializes in Nutrition, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Carol Redel specializes in nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). Before completing her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Redel attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in malnutrition, inflammatory bowel disease, and autism. Patient ratings for Dr. Redel average 2.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Redel is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Malnutrition, Failure to Thrive, Gastrointestinal Problems, Feeding Disorders, Autism, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Fredric Lyone Hochman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Fredric Hochman is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hochman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba, Dr. Hochman attended medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hochman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hochman's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopy, Ulcerative ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2000 Crawford; Suite 1300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Leroy Odom is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Odom trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for his residency. He has a special interest in endoscopic sclerotherapy, hepatobiliary disorders, and hemorrhoids. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Odom is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopy, ERCP, ... (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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