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We found 4 gastroenterologists who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Dr. James Stephen Leavitt, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. James Leavitt is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Miami, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. His areas of clinical interest consist of incontinence, liver disease, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Leavitt is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Leavitt speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Incontinence, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Tumor

Dr. Javier Leonardo Parra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Javier Parra is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Miami, FL. He is a graduate of National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Parra's medical residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He has indicated that his clinical interests include ulcers and hemorrhoids. Dr. Parra has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parra accepts. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Parra is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hemorrhoids, Ulcers

Dr. Alfredo Andres Rabassa, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Alfredo Rabassa specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rabassa include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Rabassa average 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rabassa is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Vicente Lago Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Vicente Lago specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Miami, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Lago's clinical interests: hepatitis and hemorrhoids. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids

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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.