We found 22 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1490 near Tampa, FL.

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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: , colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Joel Edward Richter, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Joel Richter's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Richter's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Richter focuses on barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and more. Dr. Richter's practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Top Doctors; Castle and Connolly Top Doctors in American-Gastroenterology; and Best Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia

All Interests: Achalasia, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophagus Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

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: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Rene Daniel Gomez Esquivel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rene Gomez Esquivel works as an adult gastroenterologist and pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gomez Esquivel include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and therapeutic endoscopy. 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Gomez Esquivel attended the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Gomez Esquivel is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Therapeutic Endoscopy

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

Dr. Israel Crespo is an adult gastroenterologist in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Crespo include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Crespo completed a residency program at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Dr. Crespo is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, colitis

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 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: , 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. Alan Marc Weintraub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4108 Henderson Boulevard; Office of Alan Weintraub Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Alan Weintraub is a gastroenterologist. He has a special interest in diabetes, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Weintraub studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Hemorrhoids, Weight Management, Nutrition ... (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: , 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. 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: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis, rectal bleeding

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

Dr. John Isaac Delgado, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2919 W. Swann Avenue; Suite 106
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Delgado works as an adult gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Delgado's areas of expertise include the following: hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Delgado attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Paracentesis, Hemorrhoid Banding, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Biopsy, Colonoscopy

Dr. Damian Abel Laber, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Damian Laber's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Laber's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Laber include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Huron Hospital and South Pointe Hospital. Dr. Laber has received the following distinction: Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center. His professional affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Bleeding, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Bruce Berk, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lawrence Berk works as a radiation oncologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Berk graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Berk include bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). 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. Dr. Berk is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Enrique Marcet, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
Two Columbia Drive; Suite 145
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Marcet's specialty is colon & rectal surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Marcet 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. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Marcet attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Marcet's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Fecal Incontinence, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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: , pyloric stenosis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, esophageal stricture (narrowing), appendicitis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

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

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

Dr. Anthony Brannan's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among Dr. Brannan's clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, hemorrhoid banding, and crohn's disease. 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 obtained his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Brannan'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, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Bruce Oliver Hough, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3001 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; 1st Floor Sjh Cancer Institute
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Hough is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast issues. Dr. Hough's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hough takes. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hough trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Issues

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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.

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