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We found 8 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Brandon, FL.

Dr. Ramesh Narayan Ashwathnarayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2204 S Parsons Avenue
Seffner, FL
 

Dr. Ramesh Ashwath is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Ashwath (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Ashwath attended Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn for residency. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Arif Mohammad Qazi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
515 Medical Oaks Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Arif Qazi is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Qazi include hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and upper endoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Khyber Medical College, Dr. Qazi performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, ERCP, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
205 South Moon; Suite 103
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, who practices in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Narwal is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala. He trained at Kings County Hospital Center for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Narwal's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mazen Kattih, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
276 S Moon Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Mazen Kattih is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kattih is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is conversant in Arabic.

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Clinical interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Esophagus Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Spencer Cody, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2020 Town Center Boulevard
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Cody's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cody include interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Cody is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreas Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary Disorders

Dr. Farooque Dastgir, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
876 South Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Farooque Dastgir's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Dastgir honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Shands HealthCare. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Colon Cancer, Acid Reflux

Dr. Imad M Al Nakshabendi, MA, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1447 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Imad Al-Nakshabendi is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Al-Nakshabendi honors.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
165 W. Robertson Street
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Chempakanallore Thomas, who practices in Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas honors. Dr. Thomas is affiliated with South Bay Hospital.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.