We found 22 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum EPO near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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

Dr. Amy Strickland practices adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Strickland is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Strickland is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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

Dr. Nicholas Kozlov's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Kozlov's residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He 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. Kozlov is professionally 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. Abhitabh A Patil, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Abhitabh Patil practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Patil studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Patil trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients gave him an average rating of 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. Patil takes. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Robert Wharton's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. Dr. Wharton's professional affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital and BayCare Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wharton accepts. Dr. Wharton graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for his residency.

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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Arasu's clinical interests encompass colonoscopy. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Arasu trained at Wyler Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Arasu speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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

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

Dr. Jayaprakash Kamath is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Mysore Medical College and a graduate of Helene Fuld Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Kamath's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Hepatitis, Liver ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Chetan Desai sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Desai's clinical interests: hepatitis and colonoscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desai honors. He attended Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University for medical school and subsequently trained at St. John's Queen's Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. 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, Liver Disease, ERCP, Hepatitis, Small Intestine Disorders, Capsule ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Venkata Iyunni's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Iyunni's areas of expertise consist of polypectomy (polyp removal) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Indian Languages. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Polypectomy

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

Dr. Harry Sperber's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Sperber highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. He 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. Sperber's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and 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. Pothen Jacob, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Jacob practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Jacob's areas of expertise consist of hepatitis and colonoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Christian Medical College, Vellore. Dr. Jacob completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Montefiore Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

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

Dr. Mihir Patel is an adult gastroenterologist. He graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic 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. Michael John Wilsey Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
601 5th Street S; Suite #605
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Wilsey specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wilsey's hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Girish Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel attended B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. His clinical interests include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), proctoscopy, 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Paracentesis, Esophageal Manometry, Enteroscopy, Flexible ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Alfred Boulay Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17626 Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Boulay is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Boulay completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients gave him an average rating of 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. Boulay honors. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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

Dr. Michele Winesett's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Winesett has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at All Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Winesett has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. She is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Donna Powell's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Powell studied medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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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.
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