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We found 40 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1431 near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Xaralambos B Zervos, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Xaralambos Zervos sees patients in Orlando, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Weston, FL. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. His clinical interests include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Patients gave Dr. Zervos an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Dr. Zervos attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Zervos (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Bile ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Avila practices adult gastroenterology in Hialeah, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Aventura, FL. Before completing his residency at Tucson Medical Center and Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program, Dr. Avila attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Avila include pancreas problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hepatitis. Dr. Avila honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Avila's hospital/clinic affiliations include Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Javier Sobrado is a gastroenterologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Sobrado's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Sobrado obtained his medical school training at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist in Miami, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Greer is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Greer include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Greer completed residency programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and VA Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Greer 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 a gastroenterologist in Miami, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. He has a special interest in pancreas problems, incontinence, and liver disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leavitt takes. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Leavitt attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Leavitt 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: Incontinence, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Tumor

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

Dr. Daniel Gelrud works as a gastroenterologist. He graduated from Luis Razetti School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pancreas problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and cancer. Dr. Gelrud honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gelrud 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, Cancer, Ulcers, Tumor

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

Dr. Alfredo Hernandez is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Hernandez is rated highly by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pancreas problems, ulcers, and hepatitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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

All Interests: Food Allergy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids, Ulcers, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jason Slate's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Slate honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Slate is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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 gastroenterologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Parra has a special interest in ulcers and hemorrhoids. 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. Parra is a graduate of National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He is conversant in 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), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hemorrhoids, Ulcers

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

Dr. Oscar Loret De Mola specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and milk allergy. Dr. Loret De Mola's hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Loret De Mola trained at Miami Children's Hospital. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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: Incontinence, Food Allergy, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Ulcers

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

Dr. Alfredo Rabassa works as a gastroenterologist. Patients gave Dr. Rabassa an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Rabassa focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Rabassa performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lago is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of hepatitis and hemorrhoids. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital. He studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida for residency. Dr. Lago takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

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

Dr. Roberto Gonzalez is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gonzalez include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez honors. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine and Florida State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Somal Satish Shah, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Somal Shah is a specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). 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 speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Raghad Koutouby's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Koutouby an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koutouby include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and milk allergy. Dr. Koutouby is professionally affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koutouby accepts. Before performing Dr. Koutouby's residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Koutouby attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Koutouby (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Obesity, Ulcers, Hepatitis, Weight Loss, Milk Allergy, ... (Read more)

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. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gonzalez-Vallina completed a residency program at Conemaugh Health System. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gonzalez-Vallina include obesity, pancreas problems, and milk allergy. Dr. Gonzalez-Vallina honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, he speaks 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

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

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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.