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

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

Dr. Ramesh Ashwath is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Brandon, FL and Seffner, FL. Before completing his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Dr. Ashwath attended medical school at Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. In addition to English, Dr. Ashwath (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Ashwath is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Arif Qazi practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise consist of esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Qazi honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Khyber Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Narwal is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Patiala and performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Narwal is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

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

Dr. Farooque Dastgir is an adult gastroenterology specialist. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Shands HealthCare. Dr. Dastgir honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Colon Cancer, Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Mazen Kattih practices adult gastroenterology in Brandon, FL. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Kattih attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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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, who practices in Brandon, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cody graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He 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, MA, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1447 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Imad Al-Nakshabendi's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Al-Nakshabendi's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
165 W. Robertson Street
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Chempakanallore Thomas specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Brandon, FL. Dr. Thomas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala. He 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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