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 sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in colposcopy, hepatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Heiman is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of Shands HealthCare's residency program. Dr. Heiman is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH).

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shepard's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). His average patient rating is 4.5 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. Shepard accepts. 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's areas of specialization are pediatric surgery and general surgery; he sees patients in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Larson include thyroid problems, pyloric stenosis, and crohn's disease. 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. Dr. Larson graduated from the University of Sheffield Medical School and then he performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His distinctions 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 professionally 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 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: , 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Narwal is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Patiala and performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Narwal 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: , 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist. She obtained her medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and performed her residency 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. Dr. Cuenca has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Cuenca speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with 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 is a physician who specializes in surgery. His areas of expertise include diverticular disease, peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. Dr. Sukharamwala is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sukharamwala attended medical school at Government Medical College, Surat. He trained at Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sukharamwala (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi.

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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.
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