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We found 7 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Tampa, FL.

Dr. David Robert Heiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4224 N Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Heiman works as a gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Heiman's areas of expertise consist of colposcopy, hepatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at Shands HealthCare. Dr. Heiman speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roland David Shepard, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4224 N Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. R. Shepard practices adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shepard takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Shepard attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Shawn David Larson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shawn Larson is a specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. He works in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larson include thyroid problems, pyloric stenosis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Larson 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 the University of Sheffield Medical School. Dr. Larson's medical residency was performed at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Larson include: American Pediatric Surgery Foundation Scholar; UF Department of Surgery Research Career Development Award; and Resident of the Month, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Appendicitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Cellulitis, Pyloric Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, 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: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, who practices in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. 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. Dr. Narwal is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala. He trained at Kings County Hospital Center for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Narwal's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rosa J Cuenca, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Ms 3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rosa Cuenca's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Cuenca attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. On average, patients gave Dr. Cuenca a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Prashant B Sukharamwala, MD
Specializes in Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Prashant Sukharamwala's specialty is surgery. He attended Government Medical College, Surat for medical school and subsequently trained at Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. Dr. Sukharamwala 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. Sukharamwala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Sukharamwala is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Pancreatitis, Pancreas Problems, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.