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We found 8 gastroenterologists who accept BlueCare Essential Health S1450 near Lakeland, FL.

Dr. Louis Stephen Saco, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1315 N Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Louis Saco is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Lakeland, FL. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Saco completed a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Saco has received include Abms Board Certification:gastroenterology; Alpha Omega Alpha; and Fellow, American College Of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). He has a closed panel.

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Dr. Mahmudul Haque, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
805 East Garden Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Mahmudul Haque's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He graduated from Dhaka Medical College and then he performed his residency at Providence Hospital, Washington D.C.. Patient ratings for Dr. Haque average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Haque takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Haque (or staff) speaks Spanish and Japanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Health, and Winter Haven Hospital.

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Dr. David J Vargas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1114 S Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. David Vargas practices adult gastroenterology in Lakeland, FL and Bartow, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Vargas a rating of 3.0 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Vargas trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Danbury Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Dr. Vargas is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Lakeland Regional Health (LRH) and Winter Haven Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Ugochukwu Nzeako's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nzeako obtained his medical school training at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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Dr. Victor Chinedu Nwakakwa, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Victor Nwakakwa specializes in adult gastroenterology. 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. Nwakakwa studied medicine at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Nwakakwa's professional affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Dr. Roger Augusto Montenegro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Roger Montenegro is a Lakeland, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Montenegro is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

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Dr. Joffre Regner Rivera, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Joffre Rivera is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Dr. Rivera accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Rivera attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hospital Medicine
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Lijian Wang is an adult gastroenterology and hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. Dr. Wang takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.