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We found 8 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Lutz, FL.

Dr. Robert Lipshutz Gilbert, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
14547 Bruce B Dawns Boulevard; #a
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Robert Gilbert works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Gilbert has indicated that his clinical interests include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. He is rated highly by his patients. 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. Gilbert studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Medical School, and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He trained at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux

Dr. Barry Alan Frank, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; # A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Barry Frank works as an adult gastroenterologist in Wesley Chapel, FL and Tampa, FL. These areas are among Dr. Frank's clinical interests: gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Frank has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Martin E Maldonado-Alfandari, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
14547 Bruce B. Downs
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Martin Maldonado-Alfandari works as an adult gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Maldonado-Alfandari include inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and acid reflux (GERD). Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maldonado-Alfandari accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Maldonado-Alfandari studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Ricardo Javier Prieto, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Prieto's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Prieto has indicated that his clinical interests include barrett's esophagus, hepatobiliary disorders, and crohn's disease. 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 graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Dennis Hugh Feldman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Feldman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Feldman is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Feldman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Lutz, FL and Trinity, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay's specialty is family medicine. She graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Lindsay's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She 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: Warts, Cryosurgery, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Bursitis, Family Planning, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tarak Suman Choksi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Tarak Choksi practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Lutz, FL and Trinity, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Choksi include diabetes, obesity, and heart problems. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Before completing his residency at New York Methodist Hospital, Dr. Choksi attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Dr. Choksi 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: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Skin Issues, Hernia, Echocardiogram, Acid Reflux

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.