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

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

Dr. Arif Qazi, who practices in Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Qazi is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - South. He studied medicine at Khyber Medical College. Dr. Qazi trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, ERCP, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ramesh Ashwath practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ashwath 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 is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. His medical residency was performed at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. Dr. Ashwath (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Ashwath's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Hospital - South, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Narwal accepts. He graduated from Government Medical College, Patiala. For his professional training, Dr. Narwal completed a residency program at Kings County Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Narwal speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Brandon, FL. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Kattih completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). On average, patients gave him a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Farooque Dastgir practices adult gastroenterology in Brandon, FL. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Shands HealthCare, Dr. Dastgir attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Dastgir is affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South.

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Clinical interests: Colon Cancer, Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Joseph Cody specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cody attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. 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. Cody is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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

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

Dr. Imad Al Nakshabendi works as a gastroenterologist in Brandon, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Al Nakshabendi accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

Dr. C. Thomas' specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). He graduated from Government Medical College, Kottayam. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas is professionally 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.
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