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We found 15 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 a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn, Dr. Islam attended medical school at Dhaka Medical College. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Islam accepts.

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (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 gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist. He attended medical school at Rawalpindi Medical College and the University of the Punjab. For his residency, Dr. Tabrez trained at NYU Langone Medical Center. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tabrez (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Tabrez is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Fleites is an adult gastroenterologist in Saint Cloud, FL and Orlando, FL. 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 studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Fleites trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Proctosigmoidoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Intestine Disorders, Acid Reflux, Esophagus ... (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 in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vijayvargiya takes. She graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer and then she performed her residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Stem Cell Transplant, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alka Arora specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. 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. Arora's education and training includes medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College and residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia, Kidney ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Antonio Ramirez works as a general surgeon in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Dr. Ramirez 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 is a graduate of Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ramirez completed a residency program at Peninsula Hospital Center. Dr. Ramirez speaks Filipino. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach tumor

All Interests: Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Mohs Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Uterine Cancer, Tissue Transfer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Muhammad Khan practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for his residency. Dr. Khan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. 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: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernest A Chung, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
2920 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Chung's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chung graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Chung 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

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

Dr. Francisco Halili is a physician who specializes in general surgery. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, breast surgery, and appendectomy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Halili performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. 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 is a specialist in general surgery. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Shahin's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Before completing his residency at New York Methodist Hospital, Dr. Shahin attended medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Shahin 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: , stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Gallbladder Cancer, Hyperparathyroidism, Mohs Surgery, Gallbladder Removal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vinicio Hernandez is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He works in Orlando, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His clinical interests include bone marrow biopsy. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez accepts. Before performing his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Dr. Hernandez attended Santo Domingo Institute of Technology for medical school. Dr. Hernandez is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Mantle Cell Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Napoleon Estrada works as a general surgeon. Dr. Estrada attended Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation for medical school and subsequently trained at New York Downtown Hospital for residency. He 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 speaks Filipino. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach tumor, rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, 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 is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed takes 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: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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

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

Dr. Jorge Otoya is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Otoya's clinical interests include bone marrow biopsy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at National University of San Marcos and residency at St. Francis Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Otoya speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Mantle Cell Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Sanjay Shah practices general internal medicine. Dr. Shah honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at PinnacleHealth for his residency. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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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.