We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept MyBlue Bronze 1602 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Nicholas Andrew Kozlov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Kozlov's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Kozlov's residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Kozlov is professionally 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. Abhitabh A Patil, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Abhitabh Patil practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Patil studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Patil trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients gave him an average rating of 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. Patil takes. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Robert H Wharton Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4855 1st Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Wharton's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. Dr. Wharton's professional affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital and BayCare Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wharton accepts. Dr. Wharton graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, small intestine disorders

All 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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Arasu's clinical interests encompass colonoscopy. He has received a 3.5 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. He attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Arasu trained at Wyler Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Arasu speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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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. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Desai's clinical interests: hepatitis and colonoscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desai honors. He 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. He is professionally affiliated with 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Sperber highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. 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. Sperber's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.

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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. 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 graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 B Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 250
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Girish Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel attended B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. His clinical interests include 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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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. 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. Dr. Bontemps (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and BayCare Health System. He trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Patients gave Dr. Bontemps an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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.

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

Dr. Kevin Huguet is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Huguet is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Huguet completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Huguet's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Syed Abid practices adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). His areas of expertise include cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Abid honors 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 Sindh Medical College and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Forest Park Hospital. Dr. Abid (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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

Dr. Pratibha Desai is a medical specialist in adult hematology and medical oncology. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. She has a special interest in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College, she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Patient reviews placed Dr. Desai at an average of 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.

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

Dr. Jennifer Salter specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Seminole, FL. Her areas of expertise include colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Salter attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for residency. She honors 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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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Thomas Robison is a family practice physician. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Robison include diabetes, herpes, and alcohol abuse. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Alachua General Hospital, Dr. Robison attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Skin Issues, ... (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 is a pediatric surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL, Brandon, FL, and Bay Pines, FL. Dr. Rideout attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Rideout's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Rideout 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. Dr. Rideout's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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

Dr. Albert Li works as a general surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Dr. Li studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Li takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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)

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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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