We found 39 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Silver HMO 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. His clinical interests include 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. Dr. Firpi-Morell 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. Dr. Firpi-Morell attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. 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 speaks Spanish.

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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 medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in acute pancreatitis, ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and chronic pancreatitis. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Forsmark 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. Forsmark studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Forsmark include: President - American Pancreatic Association (2006-2007); Councilor - American Pancreatic Association (2001-2004); and President - Florida Gastroenterologic Society (2002-2003). In addition to English, he speaks Ilocano.

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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 works as an adult gastroenterologist and adult transplant hepatologist in Gainesville, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Nelson include hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and liver transplant. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Dr. Nelson is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

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

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

Dr. David Estores works as a gastroenterologist in Gainesville, FL. He has a special interest in 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 honors. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Estores 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, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Sarah Glover's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Glover at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Glover include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Glover completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Glover 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, 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. Her areas of expertise consist of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, cirrhosis, and liver biopsy. Dr. Clark's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She attended Emory University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She 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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sharma include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Sharma 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. He studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Amritsar. Dr. Sharma (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health), North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.

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

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Roniel Cabrera is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Cabrera include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. Dr. Cabrera 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 is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Cabrera's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

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

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

Dr. Amitabh Suman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. In addition to English, Dr. Suman (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of clinical interest consist of cirrhosis, liver biopsy, and liver transplant. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Suman studied medicine at Darbhanga Medical College. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Young Investigator Award - Asia-Pacific Congress of Gastroenterology and Schering Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award - AASLD.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Biopsy, Liver Disease

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

Dr. Peter Draganov specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Gainesville, FL. He obtained his medical school training at Medical University of Sofia and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. In his practice, Dr. Draganov focuses on ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), pancreatic cancer, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He honors 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: 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) speaks Bulgarian and Russian. 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: , pancreatic cancer

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

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

Dr. Marcus Muehlbauer, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Muehlbauer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Muehlbauer trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC).

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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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in Gainesville, FL. She has a special interest in ulcerative colitis. Dr. Beasley is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Beasley has received professional recognition including the following: Pediatric Resident Teacher of the Year Award.

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Relevant Interests: , ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Consuelo C Soldevila-Pico, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Consuelo Soldevila-Pico specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology and practices in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Soldevila-Pico is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her clinical interests include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. She is in-network for United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Soldevila-Pico has received professional recognition including the following: Merit Certificate - University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and Trainee Award - Southern Section AFCR/SSCI. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Soldevila-Pico 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: Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B

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

Dr. Giuseppe Morelli is an adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Morelli include 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. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. He speaks Italian.

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

Dr. Ellen Zimmerman practices adult gastroenterology in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Zimmerman has indicated that her 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. She attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zimmerman takes.

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

Dr. Priti Joshi-Guske is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Joshi-Guske's areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Joshi-Guske speaks Gujarati. Her 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

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

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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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