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 is a gastroenterologist in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Dhaka Medical College for medical school, Dr. Islam completed his residency training 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Dr. Tabrez (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Tabrez is a graduate of Rawalpindi Medical College and the University of the Punjab. He trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. Dr. Tabrez's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tabrez honors.

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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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Fleites performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. 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: , 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 works as a hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Vijayvargiya is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer for medical school, she completed her residency training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include 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. Muhammad Ayaz Hizkil, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil is a general internist in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Hizkil attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville for residency. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. 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: 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 specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Peraglie's practice, he is particularly interested in gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Heart of Florida 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. Peraglie takes. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Peraglie attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

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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 works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. Dr. Khan is a graduate of Dow Medical College and a graduate of Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University's residency program. He is in-network for 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. Antonio J Ramirez, DO
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Ramirez is a medical specialist in general surgery. 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. After attending Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Ramirez completed his residency training at Peninsula Hospital Center. He speaks Filipino. He is affiliated with 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. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. She attended Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for residency. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 works as a general surgeon in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Shahin is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. After attending the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York Methodist Hospital. He 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.

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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)

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

Dr. Ernest Chung works as a general internist in Saint Cloud, FL. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Chung is open to new patients. He attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.

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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 practices adult hematology and adult oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hernandez include bone marrow biopsy. Dr. Hernandez is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, Dr. Hernandez performed his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He 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. Jorge Guillermo Otoya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Otoya include bone marrow biopsy. Dr. Otoya's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at St. Francis Hospital, Dr. Otoya attended National University of San Marcos for medical school. Dr. Otoya is conversant in Spanish.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at PinnacleHealth. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati. His professional 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)

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

Dr. Napoleon Estrada specializes in general surgery. He speaks Filipino. Dr. Estrada's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Dr. Estrada completed his residency training at New York Downtown Hospital. 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.

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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)

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

Dr. Syed Ahmed specializes in adult infectious disease and practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College. Dr. Ahmed trained at Westlake Hospital and Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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