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 sees patients in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Islam attended Dhaka Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 a gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist in Apopka, FL, Saint Cloud, FL, and Kissimmee, FL. He studied medicine at Rawalpindi Medical College and the University of the Punjab. Dr. Tabrez completed his residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tabrez 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. 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Fleites works as an adult gastroenterologist. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fleites is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for his residency.

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

All Interests: Manometry, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Small Intestine Disorders, Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Esophagus ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Her medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Vijayvargiya's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. She graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). Her residency was performed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil's specialty is general internal medicine. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. On average, patients gave Dr. Hizkil a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally 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, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Cesare Peraglie's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Peraglie's medical residency was performed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His areas of expertise include the following: gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Peraglie 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 professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Rectal Problems, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Abdominal Surgery, Gastric ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Muhammad Khan's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan takes.

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

Dr. Antonio Ramirez's specialty is general surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ramirez takes. After completing medical school at Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Ramirez performed his residency at Peninsula Hospital 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: , 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. Alka M Arora, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Alka Arora practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Orlando, FL, Saint Cloud, FL, and Ocoee, FL. Dr. Arora's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. She 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 Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Arora trained at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Arora (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

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

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

Dr. Fuad Shahin sees patients in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. His medical specialty is general surgery. He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Shahin completed his residency training 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. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Shahin is professionally affiliated with 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, anal fissures, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, anorectal abscess, appendicitis

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

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

Dr. Francisco Halili is a general surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Halili include thyroid problems, breast surgery, and appendectomy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Halili is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He speaks Filipino.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Ernest Chung is an internist in Saint Cloud, FL. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chung honors. Dr. Chung's practice is open to new patients. Dr. Chung attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Vinicio Hernandez's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Hernandez's 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 takes. After attending Santo Domingo Institute of Technology for medical school, he completed his residency training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. 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. Jorge Guillermo Otoya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya works as an adult hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Otoya graduated from National University of San Marcos and then he performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. His clinical interests encompass bone marrow biopsy. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Otoya honors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, anal 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)

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

Dr. Sanjay Shah is a Saint Cloud, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Gujarati. His professional affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Shah performed his residency at PinnacleHealth. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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

Dr. Napoleon Estrada is a general surgery specialist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Estrada honors. He attended Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and then went on to complete his residency at New York Downtown Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Filipino. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

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

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