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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. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ashwath's education and training includes medical school at Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. In addition to English, Dr. Ashwath (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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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 gastroenterologist. He is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and upper endoscopy (EGD). Dr. Qazi studied medicine at Khyber Medical College. Dr. Qazi trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. He 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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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Before performing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Narwal attended Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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 a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and 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's average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Kattih is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Farooque Dastgir practices adult gastroenterology. 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. Before completing his residency at Shands HealthCare, Dr. Dastgir attended medical school at New York Medical College. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Colon Cancer, Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Joseph Cody is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Brandon, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cody include interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as 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

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

Dr. Chempakanallore Thomas is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Thomas studied medicine at Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1447 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Imad Al-Nakshabendi is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for 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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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.