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We found 22 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum EPO 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Patil is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Patil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Patil is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Spanish.

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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 is an adult gastroenterologist. Patients gave her 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. Strickland takes. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Strickland's professional 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. Dr. Patel's areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He takes 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: 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Kozlov attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Jacob's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include 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. Jacob takes. He obtained his medical school training at Christian Medical College, Vellore and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Jacob's professional affiliations include 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 sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), proctoscopy, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Kamath has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. Dr. Kamath graduated from Mysore Medical College and then he performed his residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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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 physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wharton include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Wharton attended Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school. He honors 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, 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, who practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. On average, patients gave Dr. Arasu a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. He attended Stanley Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Arasu is professionally 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Sperber 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 studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He completed his residency training 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. His areas of clinical interest consist of hepatitis and colonoscopy. Dr. Desai 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 Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. His training includes residency programs at St. John's Queen's Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Desai is 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 Nath Iyunni, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6217 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Iyunni works as a gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise consist of polypectomy (polyp removal) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Iyunni accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is conversant in Indian Languages. Dr. Iyunni is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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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 an adult gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Powell 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. She is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Joseph Alfred Boulay Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1201 5th Avenue N; Suite #306
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Boulay is an adult gastroenterology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Boulay is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Boulay's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Boulay is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Wilsey completed his residency training at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include 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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She 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. Karjoo's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. 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.