We found 51 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare HMO near Sugar Land, TX.

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Dr. Stanley Howard Stein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Stanley Stein is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. His clinical interests include diabetes, pancreas problems, and ulcers. Dr. Stein's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Stein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith H Fiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1111 Highway 6; Suite 105
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Keith Fiman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Fiman's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fiman is accepting new patients. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Parkland Health & Hospital System.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Ulcers, Internal ... (Read more)

Dr. Nitesh B Vachhani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 435
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Nitesh Vachhani is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Vachhani attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and colon cancer. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Vachhani accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Gregory Lance Shannon, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
16605 Sw Freeway; Suite 335
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Shannon's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). He has a special interest in polyps, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shannon's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Shannon attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Shannon has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Leka Gajula, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16651 Southwest Freeway; Suite 370
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Leka Gajula is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: obesity, colon cancer, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Gajula is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. She graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. For her residency, Dr. Gajula trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patient ratings for Dr. Gajula average 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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Dr. Kalpesh Harshad Thakkar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kalpesh Thakkar is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and nutrition issues. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Thakkar attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Thakkar trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Thakkar accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopy, Nutrition Issues

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kumara Peddamatham is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati for medical school and subsequently trained at Cabrini Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Peddamatham include pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and ulcers. Dr. Peddamatham is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Peddamatham is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Brain AVM, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Madhukar Kaw is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kaw include pancreas problems, ulcers, and anemia. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kaw takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kaw's office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at Government Medical College and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Kaw attended medical school at Government Medical College, Srinagar.

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Tojo Thomas sees patients in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Dr. Thomas is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Thomas takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Thomas trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for his residency.

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

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Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Sugar Land, TX. These areas are among Dr. Balasubramaniam's clinical interests: warts, cancer surgery, and crohn's disease. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Balasubramaniam attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Balasubramaniam is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Mesbergen Shadle, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen Shadle specializes in radiation oncology. Her clinical interests include brachytherapy (seed implants), colon cancer, and hodgkin's lymphoma. Dr. Shadle is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shadle welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Brachytherapy, Breast Cancer

Dr. Luis T Campos, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 550
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Luis Campos works as a hematologist and adult oncologist. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and chemotherapy. Dr. Campos's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Campos takes. Dr. Campos is open to new patients. He is a graduate of National University of San Agustin and Cayetano Heredia University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Campos's distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors in America; and America's Top Oncologist. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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)

Dr. Julio Antonio Peguero, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 550
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Julio Peguero works as a hematologist and oncologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Peguero include pancreas problems, leukemia, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Peguero welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

Dr. Anne Busisiwe Maseko, DO
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Anne Alaniz specializes in gynecologic oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alaniz include paget's disease, crohn's disease, and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. She is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). She attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Alaniz completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Alaniz has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Alaniz's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Female ... (Read more)

Dr. Monisha Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Monisha Singh is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Singh include bladder cancer, hodgkin's lymphoma, and colon cancer. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Singh accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Singh is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Testicular Cancer, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric M Haas, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, Preventive Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Eric Haas' specialties are colon & rectal surgery and preventive medicine. His clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. The average patient rating for Dr. Haas is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Haas takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, Dr. Haas attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Haas's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Fannin Surgicare. He is open to new patients.

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

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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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