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

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

Dr. Barry Frank works as an adult gastroenterologist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is especially interested in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Frank average 3.5 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. His professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Robert Gilbert is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Gilbert attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 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. Gilbert accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Ricardo Prieto specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prieto include barrett's esophagus, hepatobiliary disorders, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic. He is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Prieto 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: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Martin Maldonado specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Tampa, FL. Dr. Maldonado attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and acid reflux (GERD). He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa and 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. Dennis H Feldman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Feldman works as a gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Feldman's areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. His professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic. 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 George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Liver Disease, Endoscopy, 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 a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He 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. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Samantha Lindsay practices family medicine in Lutz, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lindsay include steroid injections, warts, and allergic contact dermatitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lindsay honors. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She is affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity.

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Dr. Tarak Suman Choksi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Tarak Choksi sees patients in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. His medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of expertise for Dr. Choksi include heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Choksi takes. Dr. Choksi attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Dr. Choksi trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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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.
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