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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Medical School, and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His clinical interests include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. Dr. Gilbert's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gilbert accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is 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, who practices in Wesley Chapel, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frank include gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Frank attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Maldonado-Alfandari 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 attended medical school 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 practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Caradonna's areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Ricardo Prieto works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Prieto's areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, hepatobiliary disorders, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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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. 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist in Brandon, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cody include interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cody graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is 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. 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 practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. On average, patients gave Dr. Feldman a rating of 3.5 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. Dr. Feldman graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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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 works as an internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Dr. Patel attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Lindsay completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include palliative care, lymphoma, and research. His professional affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. McDonough performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He accepts 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: , 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, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Dr. Choksi's clinical interests 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. He 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 a graduate of Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Dr. Choksi trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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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's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). She practices in Zephyrhills, FL, Dade City, FL, and Land O Lakes, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Reza include lymphoma. Dr. Reza accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Reza is affiliated with 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's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Theobald is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and Memorial Hospital. He is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Theobald average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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: , 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 is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Simone's clinical interests: lymphoma and cancer survivorship. She is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Simone attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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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.