We found 35 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential Health near Gainesville, FL.

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

Dr. Roberto Firpi-Morell works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. He 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. Dr. Firpi-Morell attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. His distinctions include: 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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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher E Forsmark, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Forsmark's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in acute pancreatitis, ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and chronic pancreatitis. 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. Dr. Forsmark studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: President - American Pancreatic Association (2006-2007); Councilor - American Pancreatic Association (2001-2004); and President - Florida Gastroenterologic Society (2002-2003). Dr. Forsmark is conversant in Ilocano. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Acute Pancreatitis, Chronic Pancreatitis, ... (Read more)

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. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and liver transplant. Dr. Nelson is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson honors. 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Nelson include: 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.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease

Dr. Roniel Cabrera, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Roniel Cabrera, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cabrera is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Cabrera trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for his residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Young Investigator Award Basic Science Research and University of Colorado; National Institute of Health (NIH) LRP Award and University of Florida; and Young Investigator Conference in Digestive Disease Award and University of Florida. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cabrera is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Vassilev Draganov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Peter Draganov sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended Medical University of Sofia and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. His clinical interests encompass ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), pancreatic cancer, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Draganov 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. Dr. Draganov has received distinctions including Best Dotors in America; Exemplary Teacher Award - College of Medicine, University of Florida; and Scientific Poster Recognition Award - Southern Medical Association. Dr. Draganov (or staff) is conversant in Bulgarian and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, ERCP, Pancreatic Cancer

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Dr. David Suarez Estores Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. David Estores is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Gainesville, FL. His clinical interests include barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and esophageal spasm. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Estores accepts. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, esophageal spasm, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Spasm, Acid Reflux, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

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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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Dr. Genie Lynn Kahn Beasley, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Genie Beasley works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her areas of expertise include ulcerative colitis. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Beasley graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Beasley trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She has received the following distinction: Pediatric Resident Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Beasley is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis

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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clark include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, cirrhosis, and liver biopsy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Clark takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Clark has received the distinction of American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Liver Biopsy, Alpha-1 ... (Read more)

Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Anil Sharma is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Sharma is especially interested in acid reflux (GERD). His 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. Sharma honors. Dr. Sharma attended medical school at Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Amritsar. Dr. Sharma (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux

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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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

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

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

Dr. Giuseppe Morelli, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Dr. Morelli speaks Italian. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He obtained his medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Morelli 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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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, ... (Read more)

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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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Davis' specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He has a special interest in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Davis takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Davis's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. William Birdsall Slayton, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. William Slayton specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology and practices in Gainesville, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and leukemia. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Slayton attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Slayton's distinctions include: Eugene F. Tubbs M.D., J.D. Award, University of Florida College of Medicine and Hugh and Cornelia Carithers Awards, University of Florida Department of Pediatrics.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colon cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, ... (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.

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