We found 9 gastroenterologists who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier 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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. In addition to English, Dr. Haque (or staff) speaks Spanish and Japanese. Dr. Haque's hospital/clinic affiliations include Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Health, and Winter Haven Hospital. He is a graduate of Dhaka Medical College and a graduate of Providence Hospital, Washington D.C.'s residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Haque is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Haque is in-network for 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
1315 N Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Louis Saco's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saco accepts. Dr. Saco has a closed panel. Dr. Saco graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. His distinctions include: Abms Board Certification:gastroenterology; Alpha Omega Alpha; and Fellow, American College Of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Robert Douglas Lamport, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1222 S Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Robert Lamport's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lamport is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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

Dr. David Vargas' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Vargas average 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. Dr. Vargas studied medicine at Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Vargas completed residency programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Danbury Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. In addition to English, Dr. Vargas speaks 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 is a Lakeland, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nzeako 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 Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Victor Nwakakwa is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Lakeland, FL. 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. Dr. Nwakakwa is a graduate of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. He trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Dr. Luis Alejandro Servin-Abad, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Luis Servin-Abad works as an adult gastroenterologist. After completing medical school at the University of Panama School of Medicine, Dr. Servin-Abad performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Roger Montenegro is an adult gastroenterologist in Lakeland, FL. Dr. Montenegro is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Montenegro honors. 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rivera's hospital/clinic affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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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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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