We found 19 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Choice near Spring, TX.

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Dr. Atif Shahzad, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26103 I-45 N; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Atif Shahzad is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shahzad's areas of expertise include ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Northwest Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Shahzad's 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's distinctions include: Resident of The Year and Top Doctor. In addition to English, Dr. Shahzad (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi-Urdu.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Sardar Daud Khan, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
714 Fm 1960 Road W
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sardar Khan is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, anemia, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Khan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Khan attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and King Edward Medical University. He trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency.

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

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

Dr. Venodhar Julapalli Julapalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Fm 2920; Suite 180
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Venodhar Julapalli specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Houston, TX, Spring, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Julapalli's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal dilation, pancreatitis, and colon problems. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Julapalli accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, CIGNA Plans, and more. He speaks Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Wallace A Gleason Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
17030 Nanes Drive; Suite 208
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wallace Gleason's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gleason include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and nutrition issues. Dr. Gleason is professionally affiliated with UT Physicians Pediatric Specialists at Texas Medical Center and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17202 Red Oak Drive; Suite 305
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hari Pokala practices adult gastroenterology in Houston, TX. Dr. Pokala is a graduate of the University of Madras. His areas of expertise include ulcers, colon cancer, and hepatobiliary disorders. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pokala (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry S Ojeas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
444 F.m.; 1959 Road
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Harry Ojeas is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Ojeas graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: anemia, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ojeas accepts. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist.

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

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Liver Biopsy, Anemia

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Ste G3-4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Azimuddin include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. His residency was performed at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. In addition to English, Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Azimuddin's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, intestinal (bowel) problems

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

Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood, 2c; Peakwood Professional Building
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pidala honors. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. His residency was performed at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Pidala has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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 ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles L Yen, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
17323 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Yen practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Houston, TX, Shenandoah, TX, and Cypress, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yen include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. Dr. Yen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Yen trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems

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

Dr. Dexter Godfrey Turnquest, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17070 Red Oak Drive; Suite 101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Turnquest's clinical interests include ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, CorVel, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. Dr. Turnquest has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pancreatitis, Ulcers, Endoscopy, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashiqueali I Poonawala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17506 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ashiqueali Poonawala's medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Poonawala (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Poonawala include prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). He studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College and Dow Medical College. Dr. Poonawala completed his residency training at St. John's Hospital. 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. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Bone Spurs, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas R Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. His clinical interests include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). Patient reviews placed Dr. Newton at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Newton is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, colon polyps, colitis

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Damian Chaupin specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. Dr. Chaupin is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Chaupin attended National University of San Marcos for medical school and subsequently trained at Sisters of Charity Hospital for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Adolescent Issues, Breast Biopsy, Bursitis, Circumcision, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharat Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite B4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). He studied medicine at Grant Medical College. Dr. Latthe completed his residency training at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His clinical interests include throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Latthe (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi. Dr. Latthe is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Junuk Kim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite G3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Junuk Kim's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Kim's clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, and colon problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks the following languages: Korean, Spanish, and Japanese. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Stomach Cancer, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Raphaeli is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at Virginia Mason Medical Center for his residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Raphaeli at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Raphaeli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Raphaeli is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Problems, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (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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