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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite F-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Satinderpal Sondhi works as a gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist. Dr. Sondhi is a graduate of India. His areas of clinical interest consist of hemorrhoid banding, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Sondhi average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sondhi takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Sondhi speaks Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, Endoscopy, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1260 S Dr Ml King Jr Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Borislow's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of colposcopy, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Borislow accepts. Dr. Borislow attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Colposcopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Constipation

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. 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 completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Beljic is an adult gastroenterologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Beljic's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Largo Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Beljic's education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Justin Nudell is an adult gastroenterologist in Largo, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Nudell is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nudell trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Blood Tests, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Flexible ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Marc Kudelko is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Largo, FL. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kudelko takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kudelko is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Stenzel specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Largo, FL. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Stenzel takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Heidelberg University. For his professional training, Dr. Stenzel completed residency programs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Elmhurst Hospital Center. He speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 310
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jatin Bidani is a gastroenterologist in Largo, FL. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College. His residency was performed at Rhode Island Hospital and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Bidani's areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Bidani is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, colon problems

All Interests: Colon Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Pancreatitis, Surgical Procedures, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
401 Corbett Street; Harborside Gastroenterology Suite 350
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eric Weston practices adult gastroenterology in Clearwater, FL and Belleair, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of hepatitis, crohn's disease, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Weston accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Weston attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's Disease, Hepatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles works as an adult gastroenterologist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Aviles speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Aviles attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aviles takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel specializes in anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Rao a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli is a general internist in Seminole, FL. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Natoli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. Dr. Natoli speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan is a specialist in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Kanaan's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kanaan performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Santiago include bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and biopsy. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She 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. Santiago graduated from Ponce School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal prolapse, constipation

All Interests: Paracentesis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Prolapse, Bowel Resection, Ileostomy, Colostomy, Flexible ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs sees patients in Pinellas Park, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. After completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Downs performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She 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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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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