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We found 7 gastroenterologists who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1431 near Crystal River, FL.

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

Dr. Barrett Wallis' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Wallis honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Wallis attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school.

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

Dr. Lakshmipathi Reddi, who practices in Crystal River, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reddi is a graduate of Andhra Medical College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and Rangaraya Medical College.

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Dr. Paul Alovsius Hellstern Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL
 

Dr. Paul Hellstern is a gastroenterologist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hellstern honors. He graduated from 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. Sreekanth Chandrupatla works as an adult gastroenterologist in Crystal River, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School.

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

Dr. Anil Ram is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He honors 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. Puranchander Bikkasani specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Bikkasani is in-network for 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. Siddharth Mathur is a gastroenterologist in Crystal River, FL. 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.