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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Jaffer Khan is an adult gastroenterologist in Venice, FL and Englewood, FL. Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. His education and training includes medical school at King Edward Medical University and residency at Jersey City Medical Center. 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. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Howard Grossbard is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He honors 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 Michigan Medical School, Dr. Grossbard performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Peter Dumas' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Dumas has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dumas takes. His education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Robert Felman is a gastroenterologist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Felman is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront 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. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Tariq Khan is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Venice, FL and North Port, FL. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. He attended King Edward Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Khan 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.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Jay Raja, who practices in Englewood, FL and Venice, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Raja's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His training includes a residency program at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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