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We found 16 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO 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, who practices in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. 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. Dr. Islam's education and training includes medical school at Dhaka Medical College and residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. Islam (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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 practices adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Tabrez is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Tabrez is a graduate of Rawalpindi Medical College and the University of the Punjab and a graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Tabrez (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fleites accepts. Dr. Fleites attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Fleites completed a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is professionally 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's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology; she sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. She takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Dr. Vijayvargiya attended Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer for medical school. Dr. Vijayvargiya 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, 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's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. She is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College and a graduate of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center's residency program. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arora accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks 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, 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 surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Peraglie include abdominal surgery and rectal problems. Dr. Peraglie is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Peraglie attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, who practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Dr. Ramirez's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Peninsula Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ramirez speaks Filipino.

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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 is a general internist. In addition to English, Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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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 sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Khan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. 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. Fuad Hanna Shahin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Fuad Shahin, who practices in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Dr. Shahin speaks Arabic. His 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. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Chung trained at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Chung is open to 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 sees patients in Orlando, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Hernandez is especially interested in bone marrow biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, he performed his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish.

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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 is a general surgeon. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Estrada takes. He attended medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. For his professional training, Dr. Estrada completed a residency program at New York Downtown Hospital. He is conversant in Filipino.

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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 specializes in adult infectious disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, Dr. Ahmed completed his residency training at Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Spanish. His hospital/clinic 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: 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 is an adult hematologist and oncologist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Otoya average 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Otoya include bone marrow biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Otoya's education and training includes medical school at National University of San Marcos and residency at St. Francis Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Sanjay Shah works as an internist. His education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at PinnacleHealth. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Gujarati. Dr. Shah is affiliated with 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.