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

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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 works as a gastroenterologist and adult transplant hepatologist. Dr. Haque (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Japanese. His professional affiliations include Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Health, and Winter Haven Hospital. Before performing his residency at Providence Hospital, Washington D.C., Dr. Haque attended Dhaka Medical College for medical school. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Haque 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.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1315 N Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Louis Saco, who practices in Lakeland, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Saco speaks Spanish. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received distinctions including Board Certification: American Board Of Manage Care Medicine; Abms Board Certification:gastroenterology; and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Saco is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Ugochukwu Nzeako's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Nzeako's education and training includes medical school at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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

Dr. David Vargas sees patients in Lakeland, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Vargas 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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 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. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Winter Haven Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Victor Nwakakwa works as a gastroenterologist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nwakakwa honors.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Joffre Rivera specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Lakeland, FL. He is an in-network provider for 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 Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Roger Montenegro is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Montenegro's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hospital Medicine
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Lijian Wang is a gastroenterologist and hospitalist in Lakeland, FL. Dr. Wang accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.
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