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. Dr. Tan's areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and colostomy. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Her professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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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 Gainesville, FL. Her areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Her professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Glover graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Glover 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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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 a gastroenterologist. Dr. Zimmerman has indicated that her clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Zimmerman attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. Her professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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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 in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Iqbal's areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Iqbal takes. His training includes a residency program at the University of Missouri Health System. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Iqbal include: 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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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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She speaks Gujarati. Dr. Joshi-Guske's clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Her professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, she performed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). 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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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 medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muehlbauer include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Muehlbauer is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Muehlbauer takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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 sees patients in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Larson's clinical interests include thyroid problems, pyloric stenosis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Sheffield Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Larson trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received distinctions including 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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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.
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