We found 18 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Katy, TX.

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James A. Maher Jr. MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.5 stars (4 ratings)
21392 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. James Maher is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Maher has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Maher is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor W. Yang M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
average rating 2.5 stars (3 ratings)
3319 Sterling Vista Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Victor Yang is a gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yang include ablation, ulcers, and anemia. Dr. Yang's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yang takes. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Yang attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Yang's practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrzej Jerzy Janecki M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.35 stars (10 ratings)
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Andrzej Janecki is a gastroenterologist. He attended Poznan University of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Janecki's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Janecki takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Liver Biopsy, Liver Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.05 stars (5 ratings)
21312 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Pedro Arguello, who practices in Houston, TX and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Arguello average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arguello's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endoscopic sclerotherapy, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Sclerotherapy, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Spencer CY Li M.D.
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
average rating 2.46 stars (8 ratings)
21316 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Spencer Li's medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer and crohn's disease. Dr. Li has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Li's office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Lucrecia Trabanino Sta Ana MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 410
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Lucrecia Staana works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Staana include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Mr. Omar I. Madriz M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.66 stars (3 ratings)
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 580
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Omar Madriz works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Bunker Hill Village, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Madriz include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Madriz attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Madriz is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Rectal Bleeding, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Branden Hsu M.D.
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1331 W Grand Parkway N; Suite 340
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Branden Hsu is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, breast cancer, and brain cancer. Dr. Hsu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, and Texas Oncology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Amerigroup Star. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hsu completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Erik Paul Askenasy M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 580
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Erik Askenasy works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Askenasy attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, incontinence, and crohn's disease. Dr. Askenasy accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Askenasy welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Joey Michael Bluhm M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
23920 Katy Frwy.; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Joey Bluhm is a medical specialist in general surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. Dr. Bluhm's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. Dr. Bluhm honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Bluhm attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gallstones, Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ricardo M. Bonnor M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 4.96 stars (146 ratings)
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 303a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Bonnor works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bonnor takes. Dr. Bonnor graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Juvederm, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shamim Ali M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 3.1 stars (14 ratings)
23960 Katy Freeway; Suite 320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Shamim Ali practices family medicine. Dr. Ali graduated from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Her clinical interests include warts, menopause, and depression. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali takes. Dr. Ali's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bone Spurs, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. William Clay Albrecht M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 2.5 stars (1 rating)
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 410
Katy, TX
 

Dr. William Albrecht practices general surgery in Stafford, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX. His areas of expertise include breast biopsy, breast surgery, and colon cancer. Dr. Albrecht accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, Dr. Albrecht attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Albrecht welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 2.4 stars (19 ratings)
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez is a physician who specializes in family medicine. After attending Autonomous University of Central America for medical school, she completed her residency training at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Alvarez include knee problems, warts, and menopause. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alvarez is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Gynecologic Procedures, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Sammy E. Khoury MD
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 4.77 stars (3 ratings)
23960 Katy Freeway; Suite 130
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Sammy Khoury works as a general surgeon. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Khoury is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Khoury trained at Lankenau Medical Center. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Khoury is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible ... (Read more)

Viswanath Kalapatapu M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kalapatapu include knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Kalapatapu's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Knee ... (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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