We found 19 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Cigna Silver HMO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Leroy Odom is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His areas of expertise consist of endoscopic sclerotherapy, hepatobiliary disorders, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Odom accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Odom speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopy, Hemochromatosis, Liver ... (Read more)

Muhammad Behzad Zafar M.B.B.S.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. M. Zafar works as a gastroenterologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: anemia, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Zafar is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zafar takes. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zafar's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Sanford practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sanford attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Scott and White Healthcare. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Sanford welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Edward Manuel Piña M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 4.93 stars (31 ratings)
2530 W. Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Pina is a general surgery specialist in Baytown, TX and Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Pina is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pina include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pina's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Cosmetic Surgery, Gallstones, Flexible ... (Read more)

Luis T. Campos M. D.
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
average rating 4.08 stars (3 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Campos is an adult hematologist and oncologist in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX. After completing medical school at National University of San Agustin and Cayetano Heredia University, he performed his residency at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Graduate Hospital. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and chemotherapy. Dr. Campos's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Campos include: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors in America; and America's Top Oncologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Bladder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
average rating 3.5 stars (4 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Manner is a cancer surgeon, hematologist, and oncologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Manner has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and hodgkin's lymphoma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Manner welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Manner trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for his residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sickle Cell Disease, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jay Lin MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
One Baylor Plaza, Ms360; Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Radiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jay Lin specializes in diagnostic radiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include abdominal imaging, body imaging, and colon problems. Dr. Lin takes United Healthcare Compass, Cigna Connect, and Cigna Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Lin (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders, colon problems

All Interests: Body Imaging, Abdominal Imaging, Small Intestine Disorders, Colon Problems

Dr. Lisa Marie Haubert M.D.
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1404
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Haubert practices colon & rectal surgery in Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: sacral nerve stimulation (SNS), colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Haubert is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, anal fistula, anal fissures, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Colectomy, Ileostomy, Colostomy, Fecal ... (Read more)

Dr. Anne Le M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Anne Le is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Her areas of expertise include warts, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Le honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Le's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Warts, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Eric M. Haas M.D.
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.42 stars (375 ratings)
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1401
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Haas' specialty is colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Haas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Haas attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his residency training at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Haas is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Fannin Surgicare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julio Peguero is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, leukemia, and colon cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Peguero honors. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Peguero is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Myeloma, Breast Cancer

Yuval Raizen MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Yuval Raizen works as an adult hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Raizen has indicated that his clinical interests include colon cancer, breast cancer, and myeloma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Raizen has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Hebrew. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

William S. Velasquez M. D.
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
2130 W. Holcombe Boulevard; 10th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Velasquez is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and bone marrow aspiration. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Velasquez is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Velasquez graduated from National University of San Marcos.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Genitourinary Cancer, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Skin Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Alex P. Nguyen M. D.
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2130 W. Holcombe Boulevard; 10th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alex Nguyen is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Nguyen is especially interested in colon cancer, bone marrow aspiration, and blood disorders. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Nguyen welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Blood Disorders

Dr. Ronjay Rakkhit M.D.
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2130 W. Holcombe Boulevard; 10th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ronjay Rakkhit's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Rakkhit's areas of expertise include colon cancer, chemotherapy, and breast cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Rakkhit trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, Blood Disorders, Chemotherapy, Breast Cancer

Dr. Chok K. Lee M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1200 Binz; #1388
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Chok Lee is a general internist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lee include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), asthma, and allergy testing. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare EPO, and more. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Chinese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Allergy Testing, Asthma

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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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