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We found 21 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1485 near Homestead, FL.

Dr. Jay Joseph Mamel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Mdc 82
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jay Mamel's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Mamel average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mamel's areas of clinical interest consist of heartburn, gastrointestinal motility disorders, and abdominal pain. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mamel takes. Dr. Mamel is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Academy of Educators, AGA; Dean's Incentive Award, University of South Florida; and Fellowship Teaching Award, University of South Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, gastrointestinal motility disorders, small intestine disorders, colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Robert Heiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4224 N Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Heiman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Heiman is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include colposcopy, hepatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at Shands HealthCare. He takes 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: , colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roland David Shepard, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4224 N Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. R. Shepard is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Shepard include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shepard accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Shepard's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Rene Daniel Gomez Esquivel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rene Gomez Esquivel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and therapeutic endoscopy. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Gomez Esquivel performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Gomez Esquivel welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Therapeutic Endoscopy

Dr. Israel Crespo, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6919 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Israel Crespo sees patients in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crespo honors. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Crespo completed his residency training at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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. Alan Marc Weintraub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4108 Henderson Boulevard; Office of Alan Weintraub Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Alan Weintraub works as an adult gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Weintraub is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Hemorrhoids, Weight Management, Nutrition ... (Read more)

Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Arasu average 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arasu takes. Dr. Arasu graduated from Stanley Medical College. He trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Dr. Narwal studied medicine at Government Medical College, Patiala. His residency was performed at Kings County Hospital Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Narwal is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rosa J Cuenca, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Ms 3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rosa Cuenca works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cuenca include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Cuenca is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cuenca accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, she performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Cuenca is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Paracentesis, Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Isaac Delgado, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2919 W. Swann Avenue; Suite 106
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Delgado's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Delgado include hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and colonoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Delgado is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Paracentesis, Hemorrhoid Banding, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Biopsy, Colonoscopy

Dr. Damian Abel Laber, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Damian Laber is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. Dr. Laber's professional affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Huron Hospital and South Pointe Hospital. Patients rated Dr. Laber highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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 professional recognition including the following: Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Laber's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Bleeding, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Hemophilia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Bruce Berk, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lawrence Berk is a radiation oncologist in Tampa, FL. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). Dr. Berk 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. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Cyberknife Radiosurgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Netterville Brannan, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Brannan sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Brannan speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, hemorrhoid banding, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Brannan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brannan honors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Shawn David Larson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shawn Larson is a pediatric surgery and general surgery specialist in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. He attended the University of Sheffield Medical School and subsequently trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larson include thyroid problems, pyloric stenosis, and crohn's disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larson takes. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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 professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, esophageal stricture (narrowing), appendicitis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

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

Dr. Jamie Eduardo Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jaime Sanchez is a colon & rectal surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sanchez include colorectal surgery procedures, diverticular disease, and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Sanchez is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sanchez's practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Surgical Procedures, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diverticular ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Oliver Hough, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3001 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; 1st Floor Sjh Cancer Institute
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Hough's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Tampa, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Hough average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hough's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast issues. 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. Hough obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Issues

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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.