We found 22 gastroenterologists who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier 1418V 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 is a physician who specializes in 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. In his practice, Dr. Patil focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). The average patient rating for Dr. Patil is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Patil honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks Marathi and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. 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 patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She 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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Dr. Nicholas Andrew Kozlov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Kozlov, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kozlov attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. He has received a 4.0 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. Dr. Kozlov 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Jacob's education and training includes medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Montefiore Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis and colonoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. His hospital/clinic 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. 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 attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. In his practice, Dr. Patel focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. 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. Patel is professionally affiliated with 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. Jayaprakash Karkala Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5767 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jayaprakash Kamath practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kamath's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kamath include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Dr. Kamath attended medical school at Mysore Medical College. 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. 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. He is especially interested in 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. Dr. Patel attended B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and then went on to complete his residency at Cleveland Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally 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, Enteroscopy, Flexible ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thiru Arasu practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Arasu speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Arasu obtained his medical school training at Stanley Medical College and performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 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 accepts.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. Dr. Wharton accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He 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. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desai 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. His areas of expertise include the following: 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. His hospital/clinic 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist in Pinellas Park, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Iyunni is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is conversant in Indian Languages. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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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 sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Sperber is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Sperber is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

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

Dr. Michele Winesett's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Winesett is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at All Children's Hospital. Dr. Winesett has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Wilsey accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karjoo takes. She attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for residency. Dr. Karjoo's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

Dr. Joseph Boulay, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Bay Pines, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Boulay average 4.0 stars out of 5. His professional 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and 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.
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