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We found 23 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Abhitabh A Patil, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Abhitabh Patil's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patil's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Spanish. Dr. Patil is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Amy Bolton Koenig Strickland Menon, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1201 5th Avenue N; Physician Office
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Amy Strickland sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 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. Strickland honors. Dr. Strickland attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Strickland's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Dr. Mihir Bhagwanji Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. 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. Patel's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. Nicholas Andrew Kozlov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Kozlov's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kozlov's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Kozlov's training includes a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Esophageal Manometry, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Electrocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pothen Jacob, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Jacob's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Jacob attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis and colonoscopy. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. Girish Babubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 250
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Girish Patel is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), proctoscopy, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He is a graduate of B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. Dr. Patel accepts 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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Clinical interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Paracentesis, Esophageal Manometry, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jayaprakash Karkala Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5767 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jayaprakash Kamath is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kamath include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. Before completing his residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Dr. Kamath attended medical school at Mysore Medical College. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kamath 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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Clinical interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Hepatitis, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert H Wharton Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4855 1st Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Wharton is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. His clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After completing medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Wharton performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Wharton accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Dr Ml King Jr Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Arasu average 3.5 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. Arasu takes. Dr. Arasu graduated from Stanley Medical College. He trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry Bruce Sperber, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harry Sperber's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Sperber highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. 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 attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Colon Polypectomy, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desai's clinical interests include hepatitis and colonoscopy. 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 a graduate of Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. For his residency, Dr. Desai trained at St. John's Queen's Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Desai's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, ERCP, Hepatitis, Small Intestine Disorders, Capsule ... (Read more)

Dr. Venkata Sesha Sayi Nath Iyunni, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6217 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Iyunni's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In Dr. Iyunni's practice, he is particularly interested in polypectomy (polyp removal) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Iyunni takes. He speaks Indian Languages.

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Clinical interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Polypectomy

Dr. Donna Romona Powell, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6000 49th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Donna Powell is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Powell is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Michele Pacetti Winesett, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
480 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michele Winesett, who practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Winesett is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Winesett completed a residency program at All Children's Hospital. Dr. Winesett has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Michael John Wilsey Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
601 5th Street S; Suite #605
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Wilsey is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Wilsey honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Sara Karjoo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
601 5th Street S; Suite 605
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sara Karjoo is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Karjoo accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Karjoo attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.