We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. For his residency, Dr. Gomez Esquivel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gomez Esquivel include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and therapeutic endoscopy. Dr. Gomez Esquivel 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. Gomez Esquivel is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopy, 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. Dr. Ignacio is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kaiser is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The average patient rating for Dr. Kaiser is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaiser accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

Dr. Karina Irizarry's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Irizarry accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Ponce School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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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