Dr. Joseph Cochran, MD

GastroenterologyMaleAge 65

Dr. Cochran
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates PC

1 Independence Plz Ste 900 Birmingham, AL 35209

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(205) 271-8000

Dr. Joseph Cochran, MD is a Gastroenterology Specialist in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Cochran has more experience with Esophageal Disorders than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Grandview Medical Center and St. Vincent's St. Clair. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Cochran to book an appointment.

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Dr. Cochran is affiliated with St. Vincent's St. Clair Pell City, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth
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  • Practices at Top Hospital
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Cochran

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Cochran treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Cochran treats other conditions, please contact the office at (205) 271-8000.

Esophageal Disorders

Esophageal disorder specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the esophagus, such as reflux esophagitis, indigestion, and esophageal ulcers through procedures including medication, surgery, and swallowing therapy.Compare with other Esophageal Disorders specialists.

Dr. Cochran treats at a

high

frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 19 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Cochran
Similar Providers
Hiatal Hernia
Esophagitis
Dysphagia
Reflux Esophagitis
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Gastrointestinal disorders specialists diagnose and treat conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract, including Crohn's disease, ulcers, hernias, and food poisoning.Compare with other Gastrointestinal Disorders specialists.

Dr. Cochran treats at a

high

frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 52 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Cochran
Similar Providers
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
Gastritis
Diverticulitis, Intestinal
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Check Dr. Cochran's experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Cochran's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diffuse Esophageal Spasm
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Enteritis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Food Allergy
  • Gallstones
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Mallory-Weiss Syndrome
  • Malnutrition
  • Manometry
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Primary Biliary Cholangitis
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

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Dr. Cochran accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Dental Blue 100/200/300
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Dr. Cochran's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Cochran

3.8

Based on 25 ratings

5 Stars
68%
(17)
4 Stars
0%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
4%
(1)
1 Star
28%
(7)
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What went well
  • Office environment (21)
  • Staff friendliness (19)
  • Appointment scheduling (18)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (6)
  • Appointment was rushed (5)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (5)
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I took my mother in experiencing abdominal pain. She is in her 70’s. We have waited for days, left several messages for test results to no avail. But we are told the results are in. We are very disappointed in the level of service and care. She’ll go through the holidays in pain unless we risk ER which is our only option. And not a favorable one during COVID.
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Dec 23, 2020
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He's by far the best gastroenterologist I've seen, and I've seen many. Kind, genuinely caring, and funny. He took good care of me. I wish he was here in the Pacific Northwest.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Kathryn Brown – Aug 05, 2020
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I was referred to Dr. Cochran May of 2019 because being diagnosed with liver disease and was told by another doctor that I had two years or less given the stage of damage. I called for an appointment with the referral from Brookwood Medical and was seen within 10 days. I absolutely highly recommend him as he is the most kind, considerate doctor I have ever seen. His bedside manner should be contagious to other doctors just as others stated he makes you feel you are the only patient he has. He will sit and answer all question you have. I can't praise him enough. Do not hesitate to make an appointment with this kind, considerate doctor. His assistant Katrina and all other staff are just like him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Eydie – Jan 03, 2020
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Dr. Joseph L. Cochran, the Best of the Best gastroenterologists! I began seeing Dr. Cochran 15 - 18 years ago. My very first appointment I talked with his medical assistant, Katrina, she listened to my concerns and scheduled an appointment for me to meet with Dr. Cochran. He's easy to talk with.....great bedside manners, spends time with each patient as though you're the only patient! His motto is lived out - easily recognized - "patients needs first!" A few weeks ago, I called Katrina to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cochran. He was on assignment as hospitalist at Grandview all week .....I needed a procedure, he worked me in on Friday. He collected five biopsies, results were scheduled to be in the following Wednesday. Dr. Cochran had three personal days off and was scheduled to be back in his office on Thursday however, he checked on the results Wednesday night & called me at 8:30 PM. If you need a gastroenterologist, call Dr. Cochran - you'll be glad you did!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Birmingham – Jun 12, 2019
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It is impossible to describe in a few words what Dr. Cochran has meant to me and my family and our health. He has diagnosed and treated difficult G I issues of mine, has taken care of my daughter's Barrett's esophagus for years, diagnosed and cared for one of my grandson's Barrett's condition with continued follow ups, and managed my other grandson's care through a most serious time of repeated relapses of c-diff and performed a transplant on him and continues his ongoing care. I thank God for such a dedicated, caring and most knowledgeable physician. He is above reproach!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Nora Gilchrist in Vestavia Hills, AL – Jun 04, 2019
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I have used him for many years. The best gastro doctor. Positive, compassionate and knowledgeable.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 27, 2019
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Dr Cochran has served our family well since the 90's. He diagnosed a pre cancerous polyp my husband had before the results came in. He was adamant about a 6 month repeat colonoscopy. Because of his persistence my husband had a resection but didn't develop cancer. He is compassionate and personalible. He will tell you he is slow but who would want a hurry up colonoscopy? Who waits after hours for test results and calls you personally so you don't have to come back in? He is the best!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Wyatt Family in Ohatchee, AL – Jun 24, 2018
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Dr. Cochran was recommended after another dr. said I needed abdominal surgery to remove a difficult flat polyp. Dr. Cochran had no trouble removing the polyp w/o surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Cochran to all my family and friends.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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pell city / birmingham, al – Mar 31, 2017
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About Me

Biography

Dr. Joseph Cochran, MD is a Gastroenterology Specialist in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Cochran has more experience with Esophageal Disorders than other specialists...Read more

Specialties

  • Gastroenterology

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

Education

Vanderbilt University Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
University of Alabama Hospital
Residency Hospital

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Joseph Cochran, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Cochran has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Joseph Cochran, MD accepting new patients?

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Does Dr. Joseph Cochran, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. Joseph Cochran, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Cochran frequently treats Esophageal Disorders and Gastrointestinal Disorders. See all practice areas where Dr. Cochran specializes.

Where is Dr. Joseph Cochran, MD's office located?

Dr. Cochran's office is located at 1 Independence Plz Ste 900, Birmingham, AL 35209. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates PC

Bga Pharmacy1 Independence Plz Ste 900 Birmingham, AL 35209
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Cochran is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Grandview Medical Center

Birmingham, AL

80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

St. Vincent's St. Clair

Pell City, AL

80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

1 Award Received