We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Coventry Catastrophic Carelink HMO near Temple Terrace, FL.

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Dr. Rene Daniel Gomez Esquivel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rene Gomez Esquivel works as a gastroenterologist and pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Gomez Esquivel's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and therapeutic endoscopy. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He 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. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Gomez Esquivel is a graduate of the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Therapeutic Endoscopy

Dr. Joseph Rene Ignacio, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Ignacio's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. 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. Ignacio is a graduate of Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

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Dr. Greg Christopher Kaiser, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Greg Kaiser is a pediatric gastroenterologist. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for residency. Dr. Kaiser's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Karina Irizarry, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Karina Irizarry is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Temple Terrace, FL. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Ponce School of Medicine, Dr. Irizarry performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Irizarry speaks Spanish.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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