We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier 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 is an adult gastroenterologist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Dhaka Medical College, Dr. Islam performed his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, indigestion, achalasia, stomach problems, gastric (stomach) ulcer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, esophageal ulcer, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, bowel obstruction, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Hemorrhoidectomy, Gastroparesis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Tabrez graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College and the University of the Punjab and then he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Tabrez (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, achalasia, stomach problems, esophageal ulcer, small intestine disorders, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Anoscopy, Esophagitis, Esophageal Ulcer, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Fleites specializes in adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Fleites is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Manometry, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Barrett's Esophagus, Proctosigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mamta Ved Vijayvargiya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya practices adult hematology and adult oncology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Vijayvargiya's education and training includes medical school at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer and residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Stem Cell Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alka M Arora, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Alka Arora is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Arora (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Arora's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. Before performing her residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Arora attended Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school. Dr. Arora is in-network for 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: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cesare Paolo Peraglie, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Cesare Peraglie is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Peraglie include abdominal surgery and rectal problems. Dr. Peraglie is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Peraglie completed his residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Abdominal Surgery

Dr. Antonio Juan Ramirez, DO
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Ramirez sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His medical specialty is general surgery. Dr. Ramirez is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Peninsula Hospital Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Filipino. Dr. Ramirez's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach tumor, rectal cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, anorectal abscess, pancreatic cancer, appendicitis

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Colectomy, Incisional Hernia, Gallstones, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Ayaz Hizkil, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil practices general internal medicine. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Hizkil is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan, who practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Khan accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Khan trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Khan's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Francisco Rueda Halili, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Francisco Halili is a general surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, breast surgery, and appendectomy. Dr. Halili is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Filipino. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, Abdominal Problems, Colon Problems, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Fuad Hanna Shahin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Fuad Shahin practices general surgery. After completing medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York Methodist 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. In addition to English, Dr. Shahin speaks Arabic. Dr. Shahin's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, anorectal abscess, appendicitis

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Anoscopy, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Colectomy, Incisional ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
2920 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Chung is an internist. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chung attended medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. He trained at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for his residency. Dr. Chung is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma

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

Dr. Vinicio Hernandez specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in Orlando, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bone marrow biopsy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Hernandez attended Santo Domingo Institute of Technology and then went on to complete his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Hernandez's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Kaposi's Sarcoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Napoleon N Estrada, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Napoleon Estrada's area of specialization is general surgery. Dr. Estrada is conversant in Filipino. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. After completing medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, he performed his residency at New York Downtown Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Estrada accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach tumor, rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, anorectal abscess, appendicitis

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Lymphadenectomy, Incisional ... (Read more)

Dr. Syed Amir Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed's specialty is adult infectious disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Ahmed completed residency programs at Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Guillermo Otoya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Otoya focuses on bone marrow biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Otoya takes. After completing medical school at National University of San Marcos, Dr. Otoya performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Oral ... (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.