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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks Marathi and Spanish. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Patil's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Patil attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. Patient reviews placed him at an average 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 accepts.

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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 in Saint Petersburg, FL. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Strickland accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Strickland attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Kozlov performed his residency 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. Jayaprakash Karkala Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5767 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jayaprakash Kamath is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Kamath's clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. After completing medical school at Mysore Medical College, he performed his residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kamath 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.

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Clinical interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Hepatitis, Liver ... (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. He has a special interest in hepatitis and colonoscopy. Dr. Jacob's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He graduated from Christian Medical College, Vellore and then he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Montefiore Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Jacob 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.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. Dr. Patel trained at Cleveland Clinic for his residency. His areas of clinical interest consist of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), proctoscopy, and colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with 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. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Dr Ml King Jr Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colonoscopy. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arasu honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital, Dr. Arasu attended Stanley Medical College for medical school. He speaks Spanish. He 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. Robert H Wharton Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4855 1st Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Wharton sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. Dr. Wharton accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. For his residency, Dr. Wharton trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Wharton is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Venkata Iyunni is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Iyunni's areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Indian Languages.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Sperber average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sperber 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. Dr. Sperber is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desai's clinical interests include hepatitis and colonoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He graduated from 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 honors 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: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, ERCP, Hepatitis, Small Intestine Disorders, Capsule ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michele Winesett practices pediatric gastroenterology. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at All Children's Hospital. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Winesett 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. She has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Her professional affiliations include 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 physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Wilsey is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is professionally 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 pediatric gastroenterologist. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Before performing her residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Karjoo attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. She 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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Dr. Joseph Alfred Boulay Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17626 Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Boulay practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL and Bay Pines, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Boulay is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. 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 obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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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.