We found 7 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Crystal River, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6152 W Corporate Oaks Drive
Crystal River, FL
 

Dr. Barrett Wallis' specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wallis accepts 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 Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL
 

Dr. Lakshmipathi Reddi is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Reddi studied medicine at Andhra Medical College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and Rangaraya Medical College. 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.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL
 

Dr. Sreekanth Chandrupatla is an adult gastroenterology specialist. 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. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL
 

Dr. Paul Hellstern's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL
 

Dr. Purnachander Bikkasani is a Crystal River, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL
 

Dr. Anil Ram is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Ram honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL
 

Dr. Siddharth Mathur is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Crystal River, FL. 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.

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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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