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We found 39 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Catastrophic near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Abhitabh A Patil, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Abhitabh Patil is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Patil is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Patil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Patil is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Mihir Bhagwanji Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel's areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. Nicholas Andrew Kozlov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Kozlov practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Kozlov attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, stomach problems, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Esophageal Manometry, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Electrocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Girish Babubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2112 16th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Girish Patel sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), proctoscopy, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, stomach problems, small intestine disorders, colon problems

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Paracentesis, Esophageal Manometry, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert H Wharton Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4855 1st Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Wharton is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wharton include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Wharton attended Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school. He honors 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: , stomach problems, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Dr Ml King Jr Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu, who practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. On average, patients gave Dr. Arasu 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Stanley Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Arasu is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry Bruce Sperber, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harry Sperber works as an adult gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Sperber is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sperber studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, heartburn, peptic ulcer, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Colon Polypectomy, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of hepatitis and colonoscopy. Dr. Desai honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. His training includes residency programs at St. John's Queen's Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Desai is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, ERCP, Hepatitis, Small Intestine Disorders, Capsule ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Beljic, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Beljic is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Beljic include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). 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. His education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Justin R Nudell, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Justin Nudell is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Nudell speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Blood Tests, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Flexible ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajan Narula, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2763 1st Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rajan Narula practices adult gastroenterology. After attending Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Narula completed his residency training at Evanston Hospital and McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He takes Coventry, Most Insurance Plans, Humana, and more. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Foreign Body ... (Read more)

Dr. Romeo Docena Acosta Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive N; Suite 200a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Romeo Acosta is a general gynecologist in Saint Petersburg, FL, Tampa, FL, and Lauderdale, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Acosta include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and endometrial biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Acosta honors. Dr. Acosta attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at Flushing Hospital Medical Center for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Acosta's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Cystocele, Blood Tests, Hysteroscopy, Essure, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Lee Huguet, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Huguet trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach tumor, colorectal problems, colon cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Hazem Fuad Al Andary, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5500 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Hazem Al-Andary practices general internal medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hospital care. Dr. Al-Andary's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA. Dr. Al-Andary studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Al-Andary (or staff) speaks Lebanese and Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Syed Hasan Abid, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Syed Abid is a physician who specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Forest Park Hospital, Dr. Abid attended medical school at Sindh Medical College. His areas of expertise include cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Abid accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Abid (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Waldenstrom ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein works as a family practitioner. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Finkelstein graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

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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.