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

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

Dr. Abhitabh Patil sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Patil attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has a 3.5 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, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi and Spanish. He 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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Strickland has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. She is affiliated with 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 a gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. In Dr. Patel's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Pothen Jacob's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Jacob focuses on hepatitis and colonoscopy. Dr. Jacob honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Christian Medical College, Vellore for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Jacob is 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. Nicholas Andrew Kozlov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Kozlov's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kozlov takes. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 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. 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. Dr. Patel studied medicine at B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. His residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), proctoscopy, and colonoscopy. 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. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Patel's 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, Enteroscopy, Flexible ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jayaprakash Kamath is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at Mysore Medical College and performed his residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Kamath's areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wharton include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. 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. He is a graduate of 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 affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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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 and practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He has a special interest in colonoscopy. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arasu accepts 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 and then went on to complete his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Arasu's professional affiliations include 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. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Desai obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and performed his residency at St. John's Queen's Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In his practice, Dr. Desai focuses on hepatitis and colonoscopy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. Sara Karjoo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
601 5th Street S; Suite 605
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sara Karjoo practices pediatric gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Karjoo's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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

Dr. Venkata Iyunni is an adult gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Iyunni 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 honors. 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sperber's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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.

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

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

Dr. Michael Wilsey works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Wilsey's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. 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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Dr. Joseph Alfred Boulay Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17626 Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Boulay works as a gastroenterologist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Boulay attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Boulay's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital 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 is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Winesett 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. 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. Winesett has received the following distinction: 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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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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