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We found 22 gastroenterologists who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier 1418V 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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Patil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). 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. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks Marathi and Spanish. His professional 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 works as a gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. She is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Strickland completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Strickland is 4.0 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.

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

Dr. Pothen Jacob practices adult gastroenterology. He attended Christian Medical College, Vellore and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Montefiore Medical Center. He is especially interested in hepatitis and colonoscopy. On average, patients gave Dr. Jacob a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Jacob 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. 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, 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. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. His medical residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. His professional 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. 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. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He accepts 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kozlov completed a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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: 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. After attending Mysore Medical College for medical school, Dr. Kamath completed his residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kamath honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Wharton include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He studied medicine at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency. 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: 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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Stanley Medical College, he performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Arasu average 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. He is conversant in 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. 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. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Sperber is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. 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 SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his 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. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. In Dr. Desai's practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis and colonoscopy. He is in-network for 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 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. 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. Donna Romona Powell, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6000 49th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Donna Powell is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Powell's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. 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. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Bay Pines, FL. Patients rated Dr. Boulay highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine 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). Dr. Boulay's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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

Dr. Venkata Iyunni's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Iyunni include polypectomy (polyp removal) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. 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. Michele Pacetti Winesett, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
480 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michele Winesett's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. 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. Dr. Winesett has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Winesett honors 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.

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Dr. Daniel Theodore McClenathan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
601 5th Street S; Suite #605
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Daniel McClenathan is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. 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. McClenathan studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. For his professional training, Dr. McClenathan completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is professionally affiliated with All Children'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.