We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare HMO near Temple Terrace, FL.

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

Dr. Joseph Ignacio practices pediatric gastroenterology in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. He is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is a graduate of Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ignacio completed a residency program at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Ignacio honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Greg Kaiser's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kaiser's hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The average patient rating for Dr. Kaiser is 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. Kaiser honors.

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

Dr. Karina Irizarry is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Irizarry's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rene Gomez Esquivel's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology; he sees patients in Tampa, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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