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We found 7 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Sanda Aung Tan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Sanda Tan sees patients in Gainesville, FL. Her medical specialties are surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among Dr. Tan's clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and colostomy. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Colostomy, Fecal Incontinence, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Polyps, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Camille Glover, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Glover is an adult gastroenterologist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Glover performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She 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. Glover takes.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Ellen Mary Zimmermann, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Ellen Zimmerman works as an adult gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zimmerman include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Zimmerman attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She 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: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Atif Iqbal, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Atif Iqbal practices colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Iqbal's clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He trained at the University of Missouri Health System for his residency. Dr. Iqbal is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received distinctions including 2009- 2nd best paper award (podium). Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.; 2008- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.; and 2006- 2nd best paper award (podium). American College of Surgeons..

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Colostomy, Polyps, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Priti Arun Joshi-Guske, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Priti Joshi-Guske is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests encompass crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Joshi-Guske's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Joshi-Guske honors. Before performing her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Joshi-Guske attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. She is conversant in Gujarati.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Marcus Muehlbauer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Marcus Muehlbauer's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). In his practice, Dr. Muehlbauer focuses on crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Muehlbauer is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Shawn David Larson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shawn Larson is a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, pyloric stenosis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Larson accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Sheffield Medical School and performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the following distinctions: American Pediatric Surgery Foundation Scholar; UF Department of Surgery Research Career Development Award; and Resident of the Month, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Larson is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Appendicitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Cellulitis, Pyloric Stenosis, ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.