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We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 03/100 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: , colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, 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: , inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, 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: , inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Joseph Scott Caradonna, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Caradonna, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Caradonna include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider 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: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Joseph Spencer Cody, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Cody is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Brandon, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cody include interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cody is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreas Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary Disorders

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: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer, 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: , inflammatory bowel disease, 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: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), 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: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Richard Francis McDonough, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Richard McDonough's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Dade City, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Land O Lakes, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: palliative care, lymphoma, and research. Dr. McDonough is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Research, Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems, Palliative Care

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

Dr. Samina Reza, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Samina Reza is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Reza has indicated that her clinical interests include lymphoma. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Reza attended medical school at Sindh Medical College. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital North, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems

Dr. Robert James Theobald III, DO
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite B
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Robert Theobald is a colon and rectal surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Theobald is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Theobald studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Endoscopy, Rectal Surgery, Colorectal Problems

Dr. Christine Gail Simone, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Christine Simone works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Land O Lakes, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Dade City, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Simone include lymphoma and cancer survivorship. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Breast Issues, Cancer Survivorship, Gastrointestinal Problems, Lymphoma, Deep Vein Thrombosis

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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.