We found 15 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 works as a gastroenterologist in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Islam's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. After completing medical school at Dhaka Medical College, he performed his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. Islam accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Shams Tabrez is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Tabrez attended Rawalpindi Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Dr. Tabrez (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with 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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Fleites attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. 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, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Small Intestine Disorders, Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Esophagus ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Antonio Ramirez is a specialist in general surgery. He speaks Filipino. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Ramirez 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. 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, 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's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arora attended Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for residency. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (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 in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Dr. Vijayvargiya's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. She is a graduate of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). She completed her residency training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Vijayvargiya takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as 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)

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

Dr. Ernest Chung practices general internal medicine. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Chung honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Chung obtained his medical school training at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed 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

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

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hizkil accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. In addition to English, Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. 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, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vinicio Hernandez works as an adult hematologist and adult oncologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Hernandez include bone marrow biopsy. Dr. Hernandez's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. 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. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan works as a general internist. He 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 Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Dr. Khan 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. Jorge Guillermo Otoya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bone marrow biopsy. Dr. Otoya accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from National University of San Marcos. Dr. Otoya's medical residency was performed at St. Francis Hospital. He is conversant in 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, 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 an internist. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Shah performed his residency at PinnacleHealth. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Gujarati. Dr. Shah's 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)

Dr. Fuad H 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. Dr. Shahin is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and residency at New York Methodist Hospital. He speaks Arabic.

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

Dr. Napoleon Estrada is a medical specialist in general surgery. Dr. Estrada 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 studied medicine at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. He completed his residency training at New York Downtown Hospital. 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)

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 in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed honors. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at Westlake Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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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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