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 physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Gilbert attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Medical School, and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In Dr. Gilbert's practice, he is particularly interested in colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Frank's areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frank accepts. Dr. Frank obtained his medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Tampa, FL. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Maldonado-Alfandari's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Maldonado-Alfandari 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 works as a gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise consist of barrett's esophagus, hepatobiliary disorders, and crohn's disease. 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. Dr. Prieto is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is 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 gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Feldman has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Feldman honors. 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. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay works as a family practice physician in Lutz, FL. Dr. Lindsay accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Cryosurgery, Bursitis, Family Planning, Burns, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Pritesh Patel specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Lutz, FL and Trinity, FL. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. He trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Patel has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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 professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is professionally 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)

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

Dr. Tarak Choksi's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Choksi include diabetes, obesity, and heart problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Choksi is a graduate of Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. His residency was performed at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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: 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.
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