We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana PPO near Katy, TX.

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James A Maher Jr MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. James Maher practices adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maher include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maher accepts. He is open to new patients. Dr. Maher attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency.

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

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

Dr Victor W Yang MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
Average rating 2.5 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
3319 Sterling Vista Boulevard
Katy, TX

Dr. Victor Yang is a gastroenterologist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Yang include ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. Dr. Yang's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yang takes. Dr. Yang (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Yang welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids

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

Dr Pedro Miguel Arguello MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.05 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Pedro Arguello is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, Dr. Arguello attended medical school at the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Arguello has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endoscopic sclerotherapy, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arguello accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr Spencer CY Li MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
Average rating 2.46 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Spencer Li is a physician who specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Li speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. His clinical interests include colon cancer and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Li is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, 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
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Lucrecia Staana's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. She practices in Katy, TX, Houston, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Her areas of expertise include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Staana 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. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Staana accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , Colon Cancer

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

Dr Erik Paul Askenasy MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Erik Askenasy's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Askenasy include colon cancer, incontinence, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Askenasy is open to 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 Resect ... (Read more)

Dr Joey Michael Bluhm MD
Specializes in General Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Joey Bluhm specializes in general surgery and practices in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Cypress, TX. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In Dr. Bluhm's practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bluhm honors. Dr. Bluhm is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

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

Dr Ricardo M Bonnor MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Average rating 4.96 stars out of 5 (146 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Ricardo Bonnor practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Bonnor's clinical interests: cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. On average, patients gave Dr. Bonnor a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids

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

Dr Shamim Ali MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.1 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Shamim Ali's area of specialization is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and depression. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Ali's education and training includes medical school at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The average patient rating for Dr. Ali is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali honors. Dr. Ali is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease

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

Dr William Clay Albrecht MD
Specializes in General Surgery
Average rating 2.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. William Albrecht is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Stafford, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX. Dr. Albrecht's areas of expertise include breast biopsy, breast surgery, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. Albrecht performed his residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Colon Cancer

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

Dr Elizabeth Alvarez MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.4 stars out of 5 (19 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez is a family practitioner in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Alvarez's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, warts, and menopause. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alvarez takes. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Central America, Dr. Alvarez performed her residency at Swedish Covenant Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with 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, Hemorrhoids

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

Sammy E Khoury MD
Specializes in General Surgery
Average rating 4.77 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
23960 Katy Freeway; Suite 130
Katy, TX

Dr. Sammy Khoury works as a general surgeon. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Khoury's clinical interests include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Khoury welcomes new patients.

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

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

Viswanath Kalapatapu MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Kalapatapu is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Knee Probl ... (Read more)

Jessica Brady McKelvey MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Jessica McKelvey's area of specialization is family medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, menopause, and screening test. On average, patients gave Dr. McKelvey a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. McKelvey welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Irritable Bowel Syndrome

All Interests: Menopause, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Diabetes, Hay Fever, High Cholesterol, Screening ... (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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