We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept MyBlue Bronze 1602 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 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, stomach problems, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Esophageal Manometry, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Electrocardiogram, ... (Read more)

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, 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 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, stomach problems, small intestine disorders, colon problems

All 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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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis, rectal bleeding

All 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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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, small intestine disorders

All 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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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, ERCP, Hepatitis, Small Intestine Disorders, Capsule ... (Read more)

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, heartburn, peptic ulcer, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis

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

Dr. Ernst S Bontemps, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1609 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 3m
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ernst Bontemps' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Bontemps's training includes a residency program at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Bontemps (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, stomach problems, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Enteroscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Stent ... (Read more)

Dr. Syed Hasan Abid, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1609 S. Pasadena Avenue; Suite 2e
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Syed Abid is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He is especially interested in cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Abid is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Forest Park Hospital. Dr. Abid (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, anal cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Rectal Cancer, Cancer, Hodgkin's ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas John Robison, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
560 Jackson Street N; Suite 302
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Robison's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Robison graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Alachua General Hospital. His areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and alcohol abuse. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 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. Dr. Robison is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Lee Huguet, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Huguet is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach tumor, colorectal problems, colon cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Esophagus Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Albert Hui-Shiung Li, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
4801 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Albert Li is a physician who specializes in general surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Li honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Beaumont Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Mastectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai's specialties are adult hematology and medical oncology. She practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before performing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Desai attended the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Desai include diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Drew Alan Rideout, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
601 5th Street S, Suite 306; Department 6580070404
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Drew Rideout's specialty is pediatric surgery. Dr. Rideout's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Dr. Rideout takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rideout obtained Dr. Rideout's medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed Dr. Rideout's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Pancreatectomy, Pectus Excavatum, Cysts, Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Solid Tumor, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Salter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3055 5th Avenue; Suite A
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Salter's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Salter's areas of expertise include the following: colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. 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 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Colposcopy, Abdominal Aortogram, Hysterosalpingography, Umbilical Hernia, Cervix Problems, Breast ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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