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

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

Dr. Thiru Arasu is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Dr. Arasu's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Arasu is a graduate of Stanley Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Arasu trained at Wyler Children's Hospital. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 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.

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

Dr. Sara Karjoo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
601 5th Street S; Suite 605
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sara Karjoo is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. She 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. Before performing her residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Karjoo attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women'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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. She 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. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Winesett completed her residency training at All Children's Hospital. She has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Winesett's hospital/clinic 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 pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wilsey honors. Dr. Wilsey 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 is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women'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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. McClenathan attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. Dr. McClenathan 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 has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McClenathan is affiliated with All 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.