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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1315 N Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Louis Saco is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Saco is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Hospital's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Abms Board Certification:gastroenterology; Alpha Omega Alpha; and Fellow, American College Of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Dr. Saco is closed to new patients at this time.

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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 is a specialist in 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 reviews placed Dr. Haque at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Haque (or staff) speaks Spanish and Japanese. Dr. Haque is professionally affiliated with 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Vargas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH) and Winter Haven Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Danbury Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Vargas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Ugochukwu Nzeako, who practices in Lakeland, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Nzeako trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Victor Nwakakwa's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Dr. Nwakakwa performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. He 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. He is professionally affiliated with Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Roger Montenegro's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. 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 attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Montenegro is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Joffre Rivera practices adult gastroenterology in Lakeland, FL. He is affiliated with Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Rivera attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

Dr. Lijian Wang is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hospital medicine (hospitalist). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Peking Union Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Wang's professional affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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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.