Patient Alert Notice: Cyber Ransomware Attack 1/10/2021

Notice To All Patients:

Gastroenterology Consultants, PA experienced a cyber ransomware attack on January 10, 2021. We have resolved the cyber issues and remediated and restored our systems to a more secure state. After undertaking an extensive data mining process to determine specifically whether any patient or employee had any sensitive Personal Information or Personal Health Information exposed, we, unfortunately, learned that the time and effort to manually review thousands of documents was not cost-effective. Therefore, although there is no evidence of any unauthorized use of patient or employee data, we have determined it best to issue mail notifications to all employees and patients detailing the specific type of information potentially exposed. Our EMR system (patient medical records) was not impacted by the breach, however, there was some Personal Health Information and/or sensitive PI such as Social Security numbers included in PDFs or excel files prepared by employees to facilitate patient processing. Those patients with potential SS# exposure (less than 50 total) will be provided free credit monitoring along with any employees with sensitive PI exposure. We have issued media notices and we are available to answer any questions about your personal information exposure. If you have any concerns, please contact us at Or toll-free at 866-789-8072.

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Inclement Weather-Clinics Closed Tuesday


UPDATE: For the safety of our patients and staff, Gastroenterology Consultants, PA clinics will be closed Tuesday February 16, 2021. This closure affects all ASC’s including Bay Area Endoscopy, Pearland Surgery Center and COVID-19 testing sites.

Patients with appointments scheduled during this clinic closure do not need to call the clinic for cancellation. Our staff will contact you to reschedule your visit for another day.

We will continue to monitor the weather and driving conditions.

Stay safe and warm.

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Inclement Weather Update, Friday, February 12, 2021 (2:00 P.M.):

All Gastroenterology Consultants, PA Locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 Due to Icy Weather Conditions.

Forecast models are predicting below-freezing cold weather and a wintery-precipitation event expected to reach our region around midnight on Sunday, making driving and travel conditions for Monday, Feb. 15 extremely dangerous.

For the safety of our patients and employees, Gastroenterology Consultants, PA Clinic is closing all clinics on Monday, Feb. 15. This also includes all Bay Area Endoscopy Center and Pearland Surgery Center (outpatient surgery), and COVID-19 testing locations.

All in person appointments and procedures will be automatically cancelled for Monday, Feb. 15. Gastroenterology Consultants, PA clinic staff will attempt to contact patients to see if they can be rescheduled for a Virtual Visit or another day; it is not necessary for patients with appointments on Monday, Feb. 15 to call for cancellation. 

We will continue to monitor the weather forecast for next couple of days to determine if any additional changes in hours of operation will be required. We encourage patients and employees to stay safe and off the roads and continue to monitor weather and traffic conditions closely by tuning into the local news channels for more information.




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We Welcome Dr. Meera B. Avila To Our Practice

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Meera Bala Avila has joined our group. A native Houstonian, Dr. Meera Avila was actually born at HCA Clear Lake Hospital. She went to Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate  degree and returned to Houston to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center where she completed her Doctorate of Medicine. She also did her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

She is well trained in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and is skilled in all routine GI endoscopy procedures. She is an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for  Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association and Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy.

Dr. Meera Avila is available to see patients at our main office at Ellington and our Clear Lake Office on Blossom St. She will provide inpatient consults at HCA Clear Lake Hospital. She is married to Dr. Nathaniel Avila who is also a gastroenterologist and who has been working with our group since 2019. She is a devoted mother to her three children and enjoys travel and tennis.

Meera B. Avila MD Folded Announcement

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Meera Avila please call 281-481-9400.






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Weather Update With Latest Care Options And Clinic Operations

The safety of our patients is of the utmost importance. At this time hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall Wednesday evening with winds beginning early Wednesday morning. As members of the community we want to keep everyone safe so during this time our clinics will be closed Wednesday August 26, 2020 and Thursday August 27, 2020. Gastroenterology Consultants operations team will continue to monitor weather conditions and provide updates on any further potential impact on clinic operations.

If you need to reach our office please call our main line at 281-481-9400.

Stay safe

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Dr. Franz E. Schneider Retires From Gastroenterology Consultants, PA

Franz E. Schneider, M.D.


August 24, 2020

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement from Gastroenterology Consultants, P.A. effective September 30, 2020.

As of September 30, 2020 the other physicians practicing at the office will be taking over my practice.

Patient medical records will continue to be on file at Gastroenterology Consultants, P.A.  Medical records are confidential, and a copy can be transferred to another doctor or released to the patient or designated person with the patient’s permission.

Medical Records Dept. ⋅ 444 FM 1959, Houston, TX 77034

 Ph.: 281-481-9400 ⋅ Fax: 281-481-9490   


Franz E. Schneider, M.D.

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24 de Agosto de 2020

Es con pesar que anuncio mi retiro de Gastroenterology Consultants, PA a partir del 30 de Septiembre, 2020.

A partir del 30 de Septiembre usted podra continuar su cuidado medico con cualquier medico en la oficina.

Expedientes son confidenciales y se mantendrán con Gastroenterology Consultants, PA.  Con autorización, usted o una persona designada por usted puede obtener una copia de registros. Aviso se requiere para mandar expedientes a otro medico o persona autorizada.

Medical Records Dept. ⋅ 444 FM 1959, Houston, TX 77034 

 Ph.: 281-481-9400 ⋅ Fax: 281-481-9490   


Franz E. Schneider, M.D.



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In Clinic Appointments Now Available (COVID-19)


Beginning May 1, 2020 we are expanding our appointments to include face-to-face visits. We will continue to follow federal, state and county guidelines by implementing safety protocols for all patients before and upon entry of clinic.

 Virtual Appointments:

 We will continue to offer virtual appointments if you prefer to stay at home or are unable to leave your home. Please let our staff know at the time of scheduling your appointment.

What To Expect Before Your Clinic Appointment:

You may be asked a series of questions over the phone regarding COVID-19 screening prior to entering the clinic. Your temperature will be checked when you arrive at the clinic for your appointment.

Questions that may be asked are:

  • Do you have a fever?
  • Do you have chills or repeated shaking with chills?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have muscle pain, headache or sore throat?
  • Do you have a loss of taste or smell?

Preparing For Your Clinic Appointment:

  • All patients are required to wear a mask or facial covering
  • Only the patient is allowed inside the building unless they need assistance by a family member
  • All patients will be required to complete online registration before their appointment
We are limiting the number of patients during clinic, which means fewer patients at one time in the waiting room with seating separated for social distancing.

Process In Place For Our Medical Staff And Physicians:

  • All medical staff are screened daily upon entry into the clinic, including having their temperature taken
  • Our medical staff will be wearing face masks and personal protective equipment during your visit
All high traffic areas of the clinic are cleaned continuously following CDC guidelines for disinfection.

Scheduling A Procedure:

We are also opening our surgery centers to appropriately evaluate patients who need a colonoscopy or endoscopy. Each surgery center will follow similar safety measures and stay within federal,state and county guidelines.

Please call us today to schedule your appointment or ask any questions. Until then, stay safe and healthy.








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The Importance Of Social Distancing

Medical providers are finding more people who show no symptoms while still testing positive for coronavirus, while others can be infected for a couple of weeks without showing symptoms. Social distancing comes with a recommended 6 ft. between yourself and others.

Social distancing has evolved as the pandemic has spread vastly around the world. Social distancing includes the cancellation of large events where crowds of people would usually gather. The current CDC guidelines go further and recommend staying at least 6 feet away from others who are not in the same household as you. Below are important guidelines  from the Center for Disease and President Donald Trump to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL, shopping trips, and social visits.

  • DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to critical assistance.

  • AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS in groups of more than 10 people.

  • Avoid eating, drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts- USE DRIVE-THRU, OR DELIVERY OPTIONS.

  • IF YOU WORK IN A CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INDUSTRY, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedule. You and your employee’s should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.

  • Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible.

Social distancing exercised during previous pandemics and epidemics, including the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic in the United States, have proven that preventative measures in the early stages of an outbeak significantly decrease the spread of the disease. We can all help one person at a time by abiding by the CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Stay Safe.


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Using Chrome Or Firefox For Your Telehealth Visit

 If using your computer or tablet for an office visit seems daunting rest assured the process is easy. Below we’ve provided videos to help you navigate through your first virtual appointment with our office.

Checking in as a patient: Using Chrome

Checking in as a patient: Using Firefox

Using your computer: Microphone is not working





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Providing Telemedicine To Our Patients


Now Offering you a Telemedicine Option

In response to the federal government and public health officials’ guidance regarding social distancing we have implemented Telemedicine option to all our patients. If this is new to you we have Q&A’s and resources below to better acquaint you with the process.

Q: What is Telemedicine?

A: Telemedicine is the use of technology in order to provide realtime healthcare to patients from a distance. With online sessions we can meet anywhere.

Q: How do I set up an online appointment?

A: Call our office to set up your online visit, 281-481-9400

Q: What do I need to connect for an online appointment?

A: You will need a video camera, microphone & headphones. You will also need Chrome, Firefox or Safari. You may also use Android or iOS devices.

Private & Secure

All data is encrypted. Your sessions are anonymous, and none of your information is stored. Meeting with us is HIPAA compliant.














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