We found 22 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept MyBlue Silver 1603 near Tampa, FL.

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

Dr. Joel Richter practices adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Richter's areas of clinical interest consist of barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and eosinophilic esophagitis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA. Dr. Richter is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of National Naval Medical Center's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Top Doctors; Castle and Connolly Top Doctors in American-Gastroenterology; and Best Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Richter's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia

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

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

Dr. David Heiman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in colposcopy, hepatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). Dr. Heiman honors 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at Shands HealthCare. Dr. Heiman is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Roland Shepard works as an adult gastroenterologist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shepard's areas of expertise include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and endoscopy. 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. He obtained his medical school training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Shepard is professionally 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, Endoscopy, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
508 South Habana Avenue; Suite 260 (s Tampa Medical Center)
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Morris Hanan's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California. Dr. Hanan has indicated that his clinical interests include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hanan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Ulcers, Diverticular Disease, Colon Problems

Dr. Alan Marc Weintraub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4108 Henderson Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Alan Weintraub specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include cancer, ulcers, and nutrition counseling. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Weintraub obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He 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: , diverticular disease, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hemorrhoid Banding, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Israel Crespo's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Crespo's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Tampa Community Hospital, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity). 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. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Crespo is conversant in Spanish.

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

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Angel Manuel Rosario, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6919 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Angel Rosario practices adult gastroenterology in Tampa, FL. He studied medicine at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rosario completed residency programs at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown and Dr. Ramon Ruiz Arnau University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosario include cancer, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Patient ratings for Dr. Rosario average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Rosario is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Tampa Community Hospital, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity).

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal practices pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Narwal 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. Before completing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Narwal attended medical school at Government Medical College, Patiala. In addition to English, Dr. Narwal speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, gastritis, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, chronic constipation, rectal problems, malabsorption, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

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

Dr. John Delgado is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Delgado average 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Delgado include hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and colonoscopy. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Delgado takes. Dr. Delgado is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Leopoldo Grauer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4600 N Habana Avenue; Suite 29
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Leopoldo Grauer is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Grauer is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, cancer, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Grauer graduated from Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cancer, Diverticular Disease, Colon Problems

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

Dr. Jorge Marcet is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: fistula, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Marcet takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Marcet's professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). His practice is open to new patients.

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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. Jamie E Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Hmt, Suite 740, Usf General Surgery Division
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jaime Sanchez specializes in colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, diverticular disease, and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Sanchez is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Sanchez graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Surgical Procedures, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diverticular ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Damian Laber's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Tampa, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. Dr. Laber's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Laber graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Huron Hospital. He 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. Cesar Alberto Santiago Munoz, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Santiago is a colon and rectal surgeon in Tampa, FL. Dr. Santiago's areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), fistula, and microsurgery. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Santiago attended Ponce School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence, constipation

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Rectocele, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Franciso Echevarria, MD
Specializes in Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Echevarria is a surgeon. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Echevarria include breast biopsy, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder problems. He accepts 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 Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Echevarria is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Liver Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Mastectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel Murr is a specialist in bariatric surgery. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His clinical interests include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. Dr. Murr 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. Murr has received distinctions including USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (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.

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