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We found 21 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 50/5000 near Holiday, FL.

Dr. Joseph Frederick Staffetti, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 14
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Staffetti practices adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Staffetti honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Staffetti speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Dilip Vishwanath Ghanekar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 14
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Dilip Ghanekar practices adult gastroenterology in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ghanekar (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Israel Crespo, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3633 Little Road; Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Israel Crespo sees patients in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Crespo speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Crespo include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Crespo attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at William Beaumont Army Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Crespo is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network 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: , Crohn's disease, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Curtis Paul Freedland, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 14
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Curtis Freedland practices adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Freedland takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Freedland attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Maxwell Rent, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5425 Water Street
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Maxwell Rent is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and esophageal dilation. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rent accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Rent attended medical school at Mysore Medical College and Kasturba Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Rent (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Satish Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5340 Gulf Drive; Suite 105
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Satish Patel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. Dr. Patel's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Patel attended S.N. Medical College, Agra and then went on to complete his residency at Interfaith Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dwayne Felix Ledesma, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
8141 Bellarus Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Dwayne Ledesma, who practices in New Port Richey, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Ledesma's areas of expertise include thyroid cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ledesma attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Skin Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laser Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alene Jean Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
9332 State Road; 54 Ste 400
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Alene Wright's medical specialty is general surgery. In her practice, she is particularly interested in breast surgery. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wright's education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Abdominal Problems, Mastectomy, Hemorrhoids, Fine Needle Aspiration, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Dean Ibrahim, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8215 State Road 54
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. John Ibrahim's specialty is family medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ibrahim attended medical school at Medical University of the Americas. For his professional training, Dr. Ibrahim completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Sports Health, Diabetes Management, Immunization, Bronchitis, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1838 Healthcare Drive; Building 2 Unit 2
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel is an internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Patel attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jayadeva Chowdappa, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3535 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jayadeva Chowdappa specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Chowdappa accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Chowdappa attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University for medical school. He is affiliated with Apollo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Obesity, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3633 Little Road; Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu's areas of specialization are general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He attended Taipei Medical University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Union Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hu honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Melanoma, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jordan Terrell Young Pa, BS, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Suite 202, Office of Dr. Jordan Young; 9332 State Rd 54
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jordan Young is an internist in Trinity, FL and Tampa, FL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with East Carolina University, Dr. Young attended Medical University of the Americas for medical school. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Low Testosterone, Hypertension, Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rose Marie Langer, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1806 Short Branch Drive; Suite 101
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Rose Langer is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Langer is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. She trained at United Family Medicine Program for her residency. She honors Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare HSA, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Menopause, Headache, Osteoporosis, Breast Issues, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Gout, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tarak Suman Choksi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1838 Healthcare Drive; Building 2
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Tarak Choksi practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Dr. Choksi (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Choksi include diabetes, obesity, and heart problems. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Choksi attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. He completed his residency training at New York Methodist Hospital. He accepts 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: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Skin Issues, Hernia, Echocardiogram, Acid Reflux

Dr. Ehab Mounir Michael, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5411 Grand Boulevard; Suite 101
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ehab Michael's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He has a 3.5 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. Michael honors. He studied medicine at Tanta University Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Injuries, Acid Reflux, Emphysema

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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.