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We found 6 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Oscar Loret De Mola, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Oscar Loret De Mola is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Miami, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), ulcers, and incontinence. Dr. Loret De Mola's hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital. He attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Miami Children's Hospital. Patient reviews placed Dr. Loret De Mola at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Loret De Mola 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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Clinical interests: Incontinence, Food Allergy, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Ulcers

Dr. Debrora Duro, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Debora Duro is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Miami, FL, and Weston, FL. She attended Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul and then went on to complete her residency at Miami Children's Hospital. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Duro accepts. She has received professional recognition including the following: Adult Colonoscopy Award. Dr. Duro (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Kendall Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, and Broward Health Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Neil Thomas Tucker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
789 South Federal Highway; Suite 106
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Neil Tucker is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He graduated from Université Libre de Bruxelles and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Tucker average 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Tucker (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center.

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Dr. Ruben Gonzalez-Vallina, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Ruben Gonzalez-Vallina's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include obesity, liver disease, and eating disorders. Dr. Gonzalez-Vallina honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Conemaugh Health System. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Eating Disorders, Food Allergy, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexandra P Eidelwein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
4101 Nw 4th Street; Suite 411
Plantation, FL
 

Dr. Alexandra Eidelwein's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Her training includes residency programs at Sparrow Hospital and Loma Linda University Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Eidelwein an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Eidelwein (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Broward Health.

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Dr. Raghad Koutouby, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Raghad Koutouby's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Koutouby (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Koutouby include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and ulcers. Dr. Koutouby is professionally affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center. Dr. Koutouby graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then Dr. Koutouby performed Dr. Koutouby's residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Koutouby has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Koutouby 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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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Obesity, Ulcers, Hepatitis, Weight Loss

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.