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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colonoscopy. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arasu honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arasu's education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. His 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. Sara Karjoo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
601 5th Street S; Suite 605
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sara Karjoo practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Karjoo's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University. For her residency, Dr. Karjoo trained at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karjoo accepts.

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

Dr. Michele Winesett specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Winesett's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. 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. She attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Winesett's medical residency was performed at All Children's Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Wilsey accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Wilsey attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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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 physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. McClenathan has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is professionally 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.