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Dr. Satinderpal Singh Sondhi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite F-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Satinderpal Sondhi works as an adult gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Sondhi's areas of expertise include the following: hemorrhoid banding, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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 has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He speaks Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

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

Dr. Mihir Bhagwanji Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel is a gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. In Dr. Patel's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. 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. Patel studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Steven Beljic, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Beljic is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Beljic graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Genesys Regional Medical Center. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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

Dr. Justin R Nudell, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Justin Nudell is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Nudell is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nudell takes.

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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)

Dr. Marc Allyn Kudelko, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Marc Kudelko's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kudelko is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Largo Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Eric Dean Weston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
401 Corbett Street; Harborside Gastroenterology Suite 350
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eric Weston is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in hepatitis, crohn's disease, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Weston is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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 New York Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Weston 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)

Dr. Michael Stenzel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Stenzel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Heidelberg University. Dr. Stenzel's residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Elmhurst Hospital Center. In his practice, Dr. Stenzel focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Stenzel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks German. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Jatin A Bidani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 310
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jatin Bidani is a gastroenterologist in Largo, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bidani include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Bidani studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bidani trained at Rhode Island Hospital and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Bidani honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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)

Dr. David Scott Borislow, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1260 S Dr Ml King Jr Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Borislow's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: colposcopy, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Borislow 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 graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

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

Dr. Louis Aviles, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Aviles a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Aviles include acid reflux (GERD). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Aviles's professional affiliations include Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel's specialties are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Medical College Baroda. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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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)

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao is a general internist in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Rao's average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Rao completed a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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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)

Dr. Lourdes Teresa Santiago, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Santiago include bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and biopsy. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Santiago accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Santiago completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Santiago is 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)

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Salter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
10011 Seminole Boulevard; Suite A
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Salter specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. After attending Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Her clinical interests include colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salter accepts. Dr. Salter is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Colposcopy, Abdominal Aortogram, Hysterosalpingography, Umbilical Hernia, Cervix Problems, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Sara Michelle Downs, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs' medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Downs 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. After completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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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)

Dr. Bartholomew Fred Natoli, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli's specialty is general internal medicine. He is conversant in Italian. Dr. Natoli's areas of expertise include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Before performing his residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, Dr. Natoli attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Natoli's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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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)

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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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