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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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Patil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patil accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks Marathi and Spanish. His professional 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. Girish Babubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 250
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Girish Patel sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. His medical residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. His professional affiliations include 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, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mihir Bhagwanji Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He accepts 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

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

Dr. Nicholas Kozlov practices adult gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kozlov completed a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, stomach problems, small intestine disorders

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

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

Dr. Robert Wharton is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Wharton include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He studied medicine at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency. He takes 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: , 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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Stanley Medical College, he performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Arasu average 3.5 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. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Arasu's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

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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. 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. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Sperber is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his 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. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3901 66th Street North; Suite 201
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. In Dr. Desai's practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis and colonoscopy. He is in-network for 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 Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and performed his residency at St. John's Queen's Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. 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. Ernst S Bontemps, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1609 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 3m
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ernst Bontemps is an adult gastroenterologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He trained at New York Methodist Hospital for his residency. Dr. Bontemps honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bontemps (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. Dr. Bontemps is 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, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Stent Placement, ... (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 an adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Abid include cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and bone marrow aspiration. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Sindh Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Forest Park Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Abid (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Abid is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

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

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

Dr. Thomas Robison is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Robison's areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and alcohol abuse. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Robison accepts. Before completing his residency at Alachua General Hospital, Dr. Robison attended medical school at 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. 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. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Huguet's medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He speaks 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: Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoid ... (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. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Desai has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Desai is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College. She completed her residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. She 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: , colon cancer

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

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

Dr. Albert Li practices general surgery. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Li takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Microsurgery, Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Skin Cancer, Da Vinci Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sara Michelle Downs, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs sees patients in Tampa, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Dr. Downs accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (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 specialist in pediatric surgery. Dr. Drew Rideout works in Tampa, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Brandon, FL. Dr. Rideout is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Dr. Rideout honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing Dr. Rideout's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Rideout attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Cysts, Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Solid Tumor, Skin Lesions, ... (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.