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We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Saint Cloud, FL.

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Dr. M. Sirajul Siraj Ul Islam, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. M. Islam practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Islam accepts 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 Dhaka Medical College and residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. M. Mastali's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mastali obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is conversant in Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and South Lake Hospital.

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Dr. Shams S.M. Tabrez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other, Adult Hepatology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Shams Tabrez is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Tabrez attended Rawalpindi Medical College and the University of the Punjab and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Tabrez (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Small Intestine Disorders, Acid ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Syed Lateef's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lateef at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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 graduated from Gandhi Medical College. His residency was performed at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Fleites is an adult gastroenterologist. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Dr. Fleites accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Proctosigmoidoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Intestine Disorders, Acid Reflux, Esophagus ... (Read more)

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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.