We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Catastrophic near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Steven Beljic specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Beljic focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Largo Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Genesys Regional Medical Center for residency.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nudell accepts. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Nudell's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and BayCare Health System.

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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 sees patients in Largo, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In Dr. Kudelko's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). 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. After completing medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Kudelko is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Satinderpal Sondhi's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology; he sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Sondhi's areas of expertise consist of hemorrhoid banding, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is rated highly 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. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He speaks Punjabi. Dr. Sondhi is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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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 an adult gastroenterologist. He graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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

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

Dr. David Borislow is a gastroenterologist in Clearwater, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colposcopy, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Borislow is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Borislow attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

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

Dr. Ernest L Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2025 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Digiovanni is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in New Port Richey, FL, Trinity, FL, and Largo, FL. Dr. Digiovanni studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center, BayCare Health System, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Louis Aviles is a gastroenterologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Aviles average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aviles include acid reflux (GERD). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Aviles is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 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. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally 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. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Largo Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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.

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

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

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts 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: 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's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Her clinical interests include bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and biopsy. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Santiago is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Santiago attended Ponce School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Santiago speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Tennova Healthcare.

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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 and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Seminole, FL. Her areas of expertise include colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Salter attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for residency. She honors 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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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Ramanababu Venkata Paladugu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
9555 Seminole Boulevard; Suite 205
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Ramanababu Paladugu is an internist and geriatrician in Seminole, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Paladugu include diabetes, geriatric health, and trigger point injections. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Dr. Paladugu trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for residency. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sara Downs specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Pinellas Park, FL. She 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. Before performing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Downs attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Her professional affiliations include 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. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby is a Pinellas Park, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Digby honors. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Digby trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for her residency.

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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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