Nestor F. Esnaola, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS

Surgical Oncology

Houston Methodist Department of Surgery

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Nestor F. Esnaola, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS

Houston Methodist Department of Surgery

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About Me

Although born in Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Esnaola was raised in Houston, Texas. As a child, his pediatrician inspired him to become a physician. “Dr. Tovar was always thoughtful, kind, and compassionate. I knew from my interactions with him that he was the kind of individual I wanted to become, and that medicine was the career I wanted to pursue: one in which I would have the opportunity to help others and make things better".
As a medical student, Dr. Esnaola was always fascinated by cancer biology, but it wasn't until he spent time in the clinics and operating rooms that he truly understood the disruptive impact of cancer on patients' and families' lives. “Surgical oncologists aren’t simply surgeons that specialize in removing tumors. They have a deep knowledge of cancer that allow them to provide their patients with the best chance for cure and radically change their lives".
Dr. Esnaola's patient care philosophy is simple: "Always treat all your patients as you would like your own family to be treated". He added, “Working with cancer patients is a tremendous privilege. To be truly successful, Surgical Oncologists must collaborate closely with referring physicians and other cancer specialists to ensure that patients receive prompt, personalized, patient-centered, cutting-edge cancer care that addresses all their clinical, emotional, and social needs - from diagnosis to survivorship.”

Clinical Interests

Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer
Gastric Cancer (Stomach Mass)
Pancreatic Cancer (Mass)
Bile Duct Cancer (Stricture)
Gallbladder Cancer (Polyps/ Mass)
Small bowel Tumor (Mass)
Colon Cancer (Mass)
Rectal Cancer (Mass)
Liver tumor (Mass)

Accepted Insurance Plans

AARP Medicare Complete
Aetna Affordable Health Choices
Aetna Choice POS / Open Choice
Aetna EPO
Aetna HMO
Aetna Health Network
Aetna International
Aetna Managed Choice / Elect Choice
Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO
Aetna Meritain Health
Aetna Open Access
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Aetna QPOS
Aetna Select
Aetna Signature Administrators
Aetna Signature Administrators Allied Benefits
Aetna Signature Administrators CoreSource
Aetna Student Health
Aetna TRS Active Care (excluding Whole Health)
All Saver/United Healthcare
Beech Street PPO
Best Doctors International
Blue Choice POS
Blue Choice PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield FEP Federal Employee Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Edge
Blue Essentials
Blue Essentials Access
Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
Cigna APWU
Cigna Allegiance
Cigna Allegiance Houston Methodist Employee Medical Plan
Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna EPO
Cigna Global Health Benefits (International)
Cigna Great West
Cigna HMO
Cigna Indemnity
Cigna LocalPlus
Cigna LocalPlus / Vantage
Cigna NALC
Cigna Network
Cigna Network Open Access
Cigna Open Access
Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Cigna Qualcare
Cigna Shared Administration OAP
Cigna Shared Administration PPO
Cigna SureFit
Community Health Choice Marketplace
Coventry PPO
Crown International
Erickson Advantage
Evolutions HealthCare PPO
First Health PPO
Galaxy Health Network PPO
HAA Preferred Partners (International)
HMO Blue
HealthSmart Accel PPO
HealthSmart PPO
HealthSmart Payors Organization
Humana HMO / EPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus/Choice
Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Private Fee For Service
Humana Military TRICARE-East Region
Humana Natl POS Open Access
Humana POS & Preferred POS
Humana PPO & Preferred PPO
Humana TRS-Care Medicare Advantage PPO Plan
Humana/ChoiceCare Network PPO
Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
Imagine Health
Imagine Health GPA
Imagine Health Trustmark
Imagine Health/SISCO
Independent Medical Systems PPO (IMS)
Interplan Health Group
Kelsey Seybold Affiliate Network
MultiPlan PPO
National Preferred Provider Network PPO (NPPN)
Olympus Managed Care (International)
Oscar Easy Care Medicare Advantage
PHCS Healthy Directions
Provider Select PPO
SmartCare PNM Resources
TRS-ActiveCare 2 Group 385002
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-South Texas Region Group 295430
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-West Texas Region Group 295781
TRS-ActiveCare HD Group 385000
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Group 385003
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Plus Group 385001
TexanPlus/Wellcare Medicare Advantage
Three Rivers Provider Network
UHC Medicare Chronic Complete
UHC Medicare Complete
UHC Medicare Solutions
US Family Health Plan
USA Managed Care PPO
United Health Integrated Services
United Healthcare Dual Complete
United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
United Healthcare Nexus ACO
United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley
UnitedHealthcare Choice
UnitedHealthcare ChoicePlus
UnitedHealthcare Core
UnitedHealthcare Core Plus
UnitedHealthcare EPO
UnitedHealthcare Golden Rule
UnitedHealthcare HMO
UnitedHealthcare Navigate
UnitedHealthcare Navigate Plus
UnitedHealthcare Options PPO
UnitedHealthcare Oxford
UnitedHealthcare POS
UnitedHealthcare PPO
UnitedHealthcare Select / ERS
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
UnitedHealthcare West

Insurance plans may change. Please verify your plan is accepted when scheduling an appointment.


Surgical Oncology | University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas | 2003
General Surgery | American Board of Surgery | 2001
Surgical Oncology | University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas | 2001
Transplantation Biology | Massachusetts General Hospital | 1997
General Surgery | Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts | 2000
Public Health | Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts | 1998
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland | 1993
Biochemistry, Art & Art History | Rice University, Houston, Texas | 1989
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Houston Methodist Lynda K. & David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders
  • Houston Methodist Cancer Center


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