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We found 6 hepatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Roberto J Firpi- Morell, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Firpi-Morell is an adult gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Firpi-Morell attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Firpi-Morell's clinical interests include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha-Alumni Member; Exemplary Teacher Award - University of Florida; and Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award - University of Florida. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Firpi-Morell is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Clinical interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, Liver Biopsy

Dr. Amitabh Suman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Amitabh Suman works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in Gainesville, FL. He is especially interested in cirrhosis, liver biopsy, and liver transplant. Dr. Suman's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Suman attended medical school at Darbhanga Medical College. His distinctions include: Young Investigator Award - Asia-Pacific Congress of Gastroenterology and Schering Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award - AASLD. Dr. Suman (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Biopsy, Liver Disease

Dr. David Robert Nelson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. David Nelson's specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He practices in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Nelson's areas of expertise consist of hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and liver transplant. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Nelson has received distinctions including Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Florida Department of Medicine; Exemplary Teaching Award - University of Florida College of Medicine; and Outstanding Alumnus Award - Syracuse Medical Alumni. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease

Dr. Virginia Catherine Clark, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Virginia Clark sees patients in Gainesville, FL. Her medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Dr. Clark is especially interested in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, cirrhosis, and liver biopsy. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Clark studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award.

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Clinical interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Liver Biopsy, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin ... (Read more)

Dr. Giuseppe Morelli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Giuseppe Morelli's specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. Dr. Morelli's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He takes 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 Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Morelli speaks Italian.

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Clinical interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, Liver Biopsy

Dr. Alpna Raveendra Limaye, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Alpna Limaye's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Limaye studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Limaye completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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What is Hepatology?

Hepatology is the study of the liver and its diseases. It is an emerging medical specialty, with most hepatologists currently being gastroenterologists who have completed a fellowship in hepatology or who have simply taken an interest in the liver. Gastroenterology is the specialty devoted to the digestive system and all of the digestive organs, including the liver as well as the stomach, esophagus, intestines, pancreas, and so on. Some illnesses are specific to the liver, and as our treatment and understanding of them advances, there is enough knowledge to make hepatology its own field.

A patient may be referred to a hepatologist for many conditions, including:
  • An overdose on drugs that are damaging to the liver
  • Blood tests suggesting liver damage
  • Hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by a virus, toxin, or autoimmune disease
  • Cirrhosis, a type of scar tissue in the liver that is often caused by alcoholism
  • Hemochromatosis, a condition where your body absorbs too much iron, which damages the liver
  • Follow-up care after a liver transplant

Outcomes for liver patients tend to be better with a hepatologist than a gastroenterologist. However, hepatologists can be difficult to find outside of larger cities. This may change in the future as more patients seek the specialized care that hepatologists can provide.