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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks Marathi and Spanish. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Patil's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Patil attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. Patient reviews placed him at an average 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 accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Mihir Patel is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Kozlov performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He 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. Girish Babubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 250
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Girish Patel's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at B.J. Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. Dr. Patel trained at Cleveland Clinic for his residency. His areas of clinical interest consist of 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. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is 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, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (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 area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colonoscopy. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arasu honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital, Dr. Arasu attended Stanley Medical College for medical school. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Robert H Wharton Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4855 1st Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Wharton sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. Dr. Wharton accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. For his residency, Dr. Wharton trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Wharton 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. Harry Bruce Sperber, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harry Sperber works as a gastroenterologist. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Sperber average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sperber 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. Sperber is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desai's clinical interests include hepatitis and colonoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He graduated from Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. For his residency, Dr. Desai trained at St. John's Queen's Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Desai 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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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Bontemps (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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, 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 works as an oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. Dr. Abid's areas of expertise include the following: cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and bone marrow aspiration. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abid accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed his 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. Thomas John Robison, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
560 Jackson Street N; Suite 302
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Robison's specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and alcohol abuse. Dr. Robison is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Alachua General Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Robison is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Huguet has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Huguet's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Dr. Li studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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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 medical specialty is adult hematology and medical oncology. She attended medical school at the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Desai trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Desai's average patient rating is 2.0 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. Desai accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks 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 is a pediatric surgery specialist. Dr. Rideout attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Rideout honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rideout's hospital/clinic 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, Cyst, Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Solid Tumor, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Harold Matthew Couch, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4801 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. H. Couch's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Couch average 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and pressure ulcers (bedsores). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. 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. His education and training includes medical school at Flinders University School of Medicine and residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Couch (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Thai.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), duodenal ulcer

All Interests: Paracentesis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Bowel Resection, Ileostomy, Colostomy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (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.