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

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

Dr. Luis Caicedo-Oquendo's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Caicedo-Oquendo has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Caicedo-Oquendo takes. Dr. Caicedo-Oquendo speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hernandez include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Hernandez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Higher Institute of Medical Sciences. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hernandez's professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Jennifer Garcia practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Garcia is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Amber Langshaw works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Miami, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langshaw honors. She studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine) in Miami, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. She has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Edgardo Rivera-Rivera is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rivera-Rivera takes.

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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.