We found 9 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near Melbourne, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 Michigan Avenue
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Adwait Jathal practices adult gastroenterology in Melbourne, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Jathal is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Jathal attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1717 South Orange Avenue; Suite #100
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Gomez-Suarez is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Gomez-Suarez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Miami Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Kaseng Chan-Pong is a gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Chan-Pong is 2.0 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. Chan-Pong honors.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Schmidt works as a gastroenterologist in Melbourne, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Schmidt studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 Michigan Avenue
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. John Turse's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Turse attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
240 N Wickham Road; Suite 309
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. David Schaefer's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Schaefer graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Mark Dillon, who practices in Melbourne, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Dillon an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Charles Farrington practices adult gastroenterology in Melbourne, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Farrington average 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive; Suite 2b
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Ian Steele works as an adult gastroenterologist in Melbourne, FL. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Steele 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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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.