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We found 20 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Essential near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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

Dr. Javier Sobrado's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In Dr. Sobrado's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 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. Sobrado takes. Dr. Sobrado's education and training includes medical school at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Pedro Jose Greer Jr., MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Greer practices gastroenterology (digestive system). Areas of expertise for Dr. Greer include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and VA Medical Center, Dr. Greer attended medical school at Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Incontinence, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Tumor

Dr. Alfredo Jesus Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Alfredo Hernandez practices gastroenterology (digestive system). He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of ulcers, hepatitis, and food allergy. Dr. Hernandez is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez's residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Food Allergy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Ulcers, Hepatitis

Dr. Daniel Gelrud, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Gelrud works as an adult gastroenterologist. He graduated from Luis Razetti School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gelrud completed residency programs at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gelrud include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), cancer, and ulcers. Dr. Gelrud is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Cancer, Ulcers, Tumor

Dr. Jason Andrew Slate, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Jason Slate practices adult gastroenterology in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Slate include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Slate graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All 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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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Roberto Rene Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Gonzalez, who practices in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Gonzalez focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Gonzalez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine and Florida State University College of Medicine. His residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Gonzalez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Incontinence, Food Allergy, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Ulcers

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids

Dr. Somal Satish Shah, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Somal Shah's area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Shah performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Shah speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

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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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Obesity, Ulcers, Hepatitis, Weight Loss

Dr. Alexander Nmi Veloso, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Alexander Veloso is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Veloso graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kendall Regional Medical Center and Baptist Hospital.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Christian Michael Andrade, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Christian Andrade is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Andrade's professional affiliations include Kendall Regional Medical Center and Baptist Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Andrade accepts 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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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.