We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold EPO near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Satinderpal Singh Sondhi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite F-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Satinderpal Sondhi is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Sondhi is a graduate of India. These areas are among his clinical interests: hemorrhoid banding, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Sondhi has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, Endoscopy, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Scott Borislow, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1260 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue; Suite E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Borislow is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Borislow is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in colposcopy, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Colposcopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Constipation

Dr. Mihir Bhagwanji Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel is an adult gastroenterologist. He attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. In his practice, Dr. Patel focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. Michael Stenzel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Stenzel practices adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in German. Dr. Stenzel's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. After completing medical school at Heidelberg University, he performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Elmhurst Hospital Center. 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Ernest Leonard Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2025 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Digiovanni works as a gastroenterologist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Digiovanni is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Dean Weston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
401 Corbett Street; Harborside Gastroenterology Suite 350
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eric Weston practices adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Weston is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Weston's areas of expertise consist of hepatitis, crohn's disease, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weston honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Weston attended medical school at New York Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Weston speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's Disease, Hepatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Louis Aviles, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Aviles's areas of expertise include acid reflux (GERD). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aviles's medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel is an anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel 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. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kanaan accepts. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lourdes Teresa Santiago, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and biopsy. Dr. Santiago is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Santiago studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal prolapse, constipation

All Interests: Paracentesis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Prolapse, Bowel Resection, Ileostomy, Colostomy, Flexible ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Yamani's areas of expertise consist of geriatric health and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. He trained at Sound Shore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Yamani's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. 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 HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sebastian M Tas, DO
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Wound Care
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Sebastian Tas specializes in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and bariatric surgery and practices in Largo, FL. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tas honors. After attending Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Hernia, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente works as an internal medicine hospitalist in Clearwater, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saccente accepts. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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