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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 practices adult gastroenterology in Brandon, FL and Seffner, FL. Dr. Ashwath (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Ashwath's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is a graduate of Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. His training includes a residency program at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. Dr. Ashwath is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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. Dr. Qazi is especially interested in hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and upper endoscopy (EGD). 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, he 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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Government Medical College, Patiala and then went on to complete his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Narwal is conversant in 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Brandon, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Kattih average 1.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Kattih takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Kattih's training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Arabic.

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Clinical interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Esophagus Problems, Liver Disease, Colonoscopy with Polypectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joseph Cody is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Brandon, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cody 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cody is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Dastgir honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from New York Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Shands HealthCare. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Colon Cancer, Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Chempakanallore Thomas specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital. Dr. Thomas 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. He graduated from Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1447 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Imad Al-Nakshabendi's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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.