We found 5 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 100/1000 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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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. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. Dr. Arasu accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. His residency was performed at Wyler Children's Hospital. Dr. Arasu is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Wilsey is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. 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. His professional affiliations include All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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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. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at All Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Winesett is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. 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. Winesett has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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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 gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. McClenathan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then he performed his residency 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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Dr. Sara Karjoo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
601 5th Street S; Suite 605
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sara Karjoo works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before performing her residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Karjoo attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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