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We found 8 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1431 near Tampa, FL.

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

Dr. R. Shepard is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Shepard include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shepard accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Shepard's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

Dr. Anthony Netterville Brannan, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Brannan sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Brannan speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, hemorrhoid banding, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Brannan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brannan honors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Israel Crespo, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6919 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Israel Crespo sees patients in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 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. Crespo honors. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Crespo completed his residency training at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's ... (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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Arasu average 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 takes. Dr. Arasu graduated from Stanley Medical College. He trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

Dr. Cesar A Santiago, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Santiago practices colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include rectocele (posterior prolapse), colorectal surgery procedures, and microsurgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Santiago takes. Dr. Santiago attended Ponce School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Santiago's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Rectocele, Microsurgery, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (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. Dr. Narwal studied medicine at Government Medical College, Patiala. His residency was performed at Kings County Hospital Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Narwal is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cuenca include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Cuenca is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cuenca accepts 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 Central University of the East School of Medicine, she performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Cuenca is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Shawn Larson is a pediatric surgery and general surgery specialist in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. He attended the University of Sheffield Medical School and subsequently trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larson include thyroid problems, pyloric stenosis, and crohn's disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larson takes. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include American Pediatric Surgery Foundation Scholar; UF Department of Surgery Research Career Development Award; and Resident of the Month, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Larson is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.