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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Medical School, and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gilbert completed residency programs at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His areas of clinical interest consist of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Gilbert takes 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 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 his clinical interests: gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer. Dr. Frank is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His average patient rating is 3.5 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. Frank honors.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Maldonado-Alfandari graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and acid reflux (GERD). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Maldonado-Alfandari is 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Prieto include barrett's esophagus, hepatobiliary disorders, and crohn's disease. Dr. Prieto is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. 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: 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Feldman include inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Feldman is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at 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 is an internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. 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. Patel attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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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 area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Lindsay obtained her medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Dr. Choksi (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Choksi include diabetes, obesity, and heart problems. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Choksi attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. He completed his residency training at New York Methodist Hospital. He accepts 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: 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.