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 is an adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology specialist. After completing medical school at Dhaka Medical College, he performed his residency at Providence Hospital, Washington D.C.. Patient ratings for Dr. Haque average 3.0 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. Dr. Haque (or staff) speaks Spanish and Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Health, and BayCare Health System.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1315 N Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Louis Saco sees patients in Lakeland, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Saco is conversant in 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 several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Saco has received include Board Certification: American Board Of Manage Care Medicine; Abms Board Certification:gastroenterology; and Alpha Omega Alpha. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Ugochukwu Nzeako is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Lakeland, FL. Dr. Nzeako is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Nzeako attended medical school at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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

Dr. David Vargas is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Vargas is a graduate of Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine. He trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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. Vargas's professional affiliations include BayCare Health System and Winter Haven Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Victor Nwakakwa, who practices in Lakeland, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nwakakwa 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. Joffre Rivera is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rivera graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Roger Montenegro's specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 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 an adult gastroenterology and hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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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