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We found 9 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold EPO near Melbourne, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 Michigan Avenue
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Adwait Jathal practices adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Jathal at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jathal accepts.

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Dr. Andrew Daniel Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Schmidt, who practices in Melbourne, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schmidt honors. Dr. Schmidt is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Roberto Gomez-Suarez is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Miami Children's Hospital, Dr. Gomez-Suarez attended Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 Michigan Avenue
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. John Turse is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Turse is rated highly by his patients. 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. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Dr. Mark Crofton Dillon, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Mark Dillon works as an adult gastroenterologist in Melbourne, FL. Dr. Dillon is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine.

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

Dr. David Schaefer, who practices in Melbourne, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Schaefer takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Charles Farrington is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Melbourne, FL. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 Gateway Drive; Suite 2b
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Ian Steele is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Steele average 5.0 stars out of 5. 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 Hickory Street
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Athan Kartsonis sees patients in Melbourne, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Kartsonis is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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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.