We found 29 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Silver near Shenandoah, TX.

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Dr Atif Shahzad MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
26103 I-45 N; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Atif Shahzad's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shahzad is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Shahzad has received professional recognition including the following: Resident of The Year and Top Doctor. In addition to English, Dr. Shahzad (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi-Urdu. Dr. Shahzad's hospital/clinic affiliations include CHI St. Luke's Health, The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

All Interests: Gastric Electrical Stimulation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gallbladder Problems, Ulcers, Hepatitis C, ... (Read more)

Ali T Dural MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.8 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Ali Dural practices adult gastroenterology. He attended Ege University and then went on to complete his residency at Grant Hospital of Chicago, Westlake Hospital, and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Dural's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dural (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Turkish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and CHI St. Luke's Health. 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, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Ulcers, Endoscopy

Dr Venodhar Rao Julapalli MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 495
Shenandoah, TX

Dr. Venodhar Julapalli is an adult gastroenterologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), esophageal dilation, and pancreatitis. Dr. Julapalli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, CIGNA Plans, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Telugu. Dr. Julapalli is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreatiti ... (Read more)

Dr Ralph Purcell Pearce MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
Average rating 3.16 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Ralph Pearce works as a gastroenterologist in The Woodlands, TX and Shenandoah, TX. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Pearce's areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pearce's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and CHI St. Luke's Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Ulcers, Endoscopy

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Rambabu Chalasani is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and general internal medicine. He is a graduate of Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and biopsy. Dr. Chalasani accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chalasani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Shail Maheshwari is an adult gastroenterologist. He is especially interested in pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Dr. Maheshwari is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, CHI St. Luke's Health, and The Woodlands Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Maheshwari's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Ulcers, Endoscopy ... (Read more)

Khawaja Azimuddin MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Average rating 4.34 stars out of 5 (34 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Azimuddin takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He completed his residency training at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Azimuddin's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Azimuddin is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Problems, Hemorrhoids, Bowel Obstruction, Intestinal Problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Res ... (Read more)

Dr Rafael Lugo MD
Specializes in General Surgery
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Rafael Lugo is a general surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Lugo is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lugo speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoids, Acid Reflux

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Laparoscopic Nissen Fundo ... (Read more)

Mr Mark J Pidala MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Mark Pidala, who practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Summa Akron City Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Pidala's clinical interests: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pidala has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Pidala has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon Probl ... (Read more)

Dr Charles L Yen MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
18488 Interstate 45 S
Shenandoah, TX

Dr. Charles Yen practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Houston, TX, Cypress, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. Dr. Yen (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. Dr. Yen is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his professional training, Dr. Yen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yen welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Colon Cancer, Colon Problems

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sarcoidosis, Brain Cancer, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cance ... (Read more)

Ata Ahmad MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care
Average rating 3.42 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Ataurrabb Ahmad works as a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ahmad include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and minor surgery. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Ahmad attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University for residency. Dr. Ahmad (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Colon Problems, Hemorrhoids

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Skin Biopsy, Laparoscopic Small Bo ... (Read more)

Dr Mary K Crow MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
18488 Interstate 45 S
Shenandoah, TX

Dr. Mary Crow is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Crow include prostate problems, minor surgery, and anemia. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Crow's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Colon Cancer

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Cancer, Hodgkin's ... (Read more)

Dr Bharat Latthe MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Bharat Latthe works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family medicine physician, and geriatrician. His areas of expertise include the following: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Latthe is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He attended Grant Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Latthe (or staff) speaks Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems

All Interests: Ear Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Nose Problems, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dise ... (Read more)

Dr Drew David Howard MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Average rating 3.87 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 255
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Drew Howard is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Howard's areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, breast surgery, and esophageal surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Howard a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Pierre N Khoury MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Average rating 3.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 140
Spring, TX

Dr. Pierre Khoury, who practices in Kingwood, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Khoury's clinical interests: bladder cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and Saint Joseph University of Beirut, he performed his residency at North Shore Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Colon Cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, C ... (Read more)

James A Field MD
Specializes in General Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. James Field's specialty is general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Field include breast biopsy, esophageal surgery, and colon cancer. Dr. Field honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Field attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Field is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and CHI St. Luke's Health. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (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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