We found 6 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier 1418V near Miami, FL.

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Dr. Luis Francisco Caicedo-Oquendo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3601 Nw 107 Avenue
Doral, FL
 

Dr. Luis Caicedo-Oquendo practices pediatric gastroenterology in Doral, FL, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Miami Lakes, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Caicedo-Oquendo include parasitic infection, ulcers, and hepatitis. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Caicedo-Oquendo 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. Caicedo-Oquendo is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Erick Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1601 Nw 12th Avenue; Box 016960 M851
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Erick Hernandez's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Hernandez is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana. Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1611 Nw 12th Avenue; Mccd 3005a
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Garcia is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in Miami, FL. Dr. Garcia accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
1601 North West 12th Avenue; Suite 3005a
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Lesley Smith is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1611 Nw 12th Avenue; Mccd 3005a
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Amber Langshaw, who practices in Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Langshaw takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Edgardo Rivera-Rivera's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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