We found 24 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Trinity, FL.

Dr. Israel Crespo, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3633 Little Road; Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Israel Crespo's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Crespo accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and a graduate of William Beaumont Army Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Crespo speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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. Maxwell Rent, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5425 Water Street
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Maxwell Rent is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Rent's areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and esophageal dilation. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Mysore Medical College and Kasturba Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa for his residency. Dr. Rent (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Curtis Paul Freedland, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road 54; Suite 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Curtis Freedland is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Freedland an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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 Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Freedland attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Jigneshkumar Babubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1818 Short Branch Drive; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jigneshkumar Patel is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , indigestion, diverticular disease, heartburn, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Pancreatitis, Ulcers, Swallowing ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Frederick Staffetti, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road 54; Suite 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Staffetti sees patients in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 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. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Staffetti performed his residency at Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Staffetti is conversant in Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Satish Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5340 Gulf Drive; Suite 105
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Satish Patel is an adult gastroenterologist in New Port Richey, FL. He graduated from S.N. Medical College, Agra and then he performed his residency at Interfaith Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Patel's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. 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: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, Pancreatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dilip V Ghanekar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road 54; Suite 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Dilip Ghanekar is a gastroenterologist in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Ghanekar accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. For his residency, Dr. Ghanekar trained at Mayo Clinic and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ghanekar (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernest L Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road 54; Suite 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Digiovanni is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Digiovanni is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Largo Medical Center's residency program. 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Dwayne Felix Ledesma, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
8141 Bellarus Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Dwayne Ledesma specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery and practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ledesma honors. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Skin Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laser Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3633 Little Road; Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu is a general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery specialist. He graduated from Taipei Medical University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at Union Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Patients rated Dr. Hu highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Melanoma, Thyroid Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Alene Jean Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
9332 State Road; 54 Ste 400
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Alene Wright is a Trinity, FL physician who specializes in general surgery. In her practice, Dr. Wright focuses on breast surgery. She attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for residency. Dr. Wright 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: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Abdominal Problems, Mastectomy, Hemorrhoids, Amputation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jayadeva Chowdappa, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3535 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jayadeva Chowdappa works as an internist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. Dr. Chowdappa trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for his residency. Dr. Chowdappa is professionally affiliated with Apollo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Obesity, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1838 Healthcare Drive; Building 2 Unit 2
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Patel obtained his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jordan T Young Pa, BS, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Suite 202, Office of Dr. Jordan Young; 9332 State Rd 54
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jordan Young's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He studied medicine at Medical University of the Americas. He trained at a hospital affiliated with East Carolina University for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Young accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Low Testosterone, Hypertension, Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Dean Ibrahim, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8215 Sr 54
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. John Ibrahim is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Medical University of the Americas and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Ibrahim's average patient rating is 3.5 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.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Sports Health, Diabetes Management, Immunization, Bronchitis, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey M Davis, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
4642 Darlington Road
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Davis' specialty is adolescent medicine. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at Monmouth Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Davis accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, Hypertension, ... (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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