We found 22 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1485 near Homestead, FL.

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

Dr. David Heiman works as a gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Heiman's areas of expertise consist of colposcopy, hepatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at Shands HealthCare. Dr. Heiman speaks Spanish.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shepard 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 a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Shepard attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. 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. Joel Edward Richter, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Joel Richter is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and eosinophilic esophagitis. Dr. Richter is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Richter takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA. He has received distinctions including Top Doctors; Castle and Connolly Top Doctors in American-Gastroenterology; and Best Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia

All Interests: Achalasia, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophagus Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

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

Dr. Rene Gomez Esquivel is an adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL. After attending the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Gomez Esquivel completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and therapeutic endoscopy. 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. Gomez Esquivel is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Crespo include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Crespo trained at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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: , 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. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colonoscopy. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arasu honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital, Dr. Arasu attended Stanley Medical College for medical school. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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. Alan Marc Weintraub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4108 Henderson Boulevard; Office of Alan Weintraub Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Alan Weintraub is an adult gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Weintraub is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. The average patient rating for Dr. Weintraub is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weintraub is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, who practices in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He 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. Narwal is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala. He trained at Kings County Hospital Center for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Narwal's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Cuenca attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. On average, patients gave Dr. Cuenca a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She speaks Spanish. Her professional 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Tampa, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Delgado's clinical interests: hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and colonoscopy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Delgado an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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: , 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 Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Laber's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Laber performed his residency at Huron Hospital and South Pointe Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal 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 oncology specialist in Tampa, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). Dr. Berk takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Shawn Larson is a specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. He works in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larson include thyroid problems, pyloric stenosis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Larson honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at the University of Sheffield Medical School. Dr. Larson's medical residency was performed at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Larson include: American Pediatric Surgery Foundation Scholar; UF Department of Surgery Research Career Development Award; and Resident of the Month, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida. He is 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. Jorge Enrique Marcet, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Marcet works as a colon and rectal surgeon in Tampa, FL. Dr. Marcet's areas of expertise include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He obtained his medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Marcet has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Marcet is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Fecal Incontinence, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (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 is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hough's areas of expertise include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast issues. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hough is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)'s residency program. His professional affiliations include 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

Dr. Charles Nicholas Paidas, MBA, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
1 Tampa General Circle; Room G-441
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Paidas specializes in pediatric surgery. Dr. Paidas has indicated that his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. 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 is open to new patients. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College for residency. Dr. Paidas has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Hyperhidrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Trauma

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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.