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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Luis Lara's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lara include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. Patient ratings for Dr. Lara average 4.5 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. Lara honors. Dr. Lara obtained his medical school training at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. He has received professional recognition including the following: National Pancreas Foundation Travel Scholarship; Associates Council American College of Physicians, Ohio Chapter; and President of the Medical Student Council, EMIS-ITESM. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lara's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Ascites, Bile Duct Stones, Sclerotherapy, Extrahepatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Clevaland Clinic Florida Department of Gastroenterology
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Ronnie Pimentel works as an adult gastroenterologist in Weston, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Pimentel at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal varices, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and residency at Cleveland Clinic. He has received professional recognition including the following: Olympus Advanced Endoscopy Scholarship. Dr. Pimentel speaks Spanish. Dr. Pimentel is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Sclerotherapy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Pyloric ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Eric Weiss is a colon & rectal surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weiss include stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Weiss attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Weiss is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Colectomy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alison Schneider specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Weston, FL. Dr. Schneider's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schneider include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Schneider trained at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Schneider is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Esophageal Manometry, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Steven Wexner specializes in colon & rectal surgery and practices in Weston, FL. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. His areas of expertise include the following: stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and female incontinence. Dr. Wexner has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wexner include: Executive Health: Top Docs, South Florida CEO Business; Boca Raton Super Doctors; and South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Wexner is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Juan Nogueras is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Nogueras's areas of expertise include stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nogueras honors. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Nogueras has received distinctions including Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and South Florida's Most Highly Regarded Physicians, Miami Metro magazine, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Nogueras is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Nicole Palekar practices adult gastroenterology in Weston, FL. Dr. Palekar's clinical interests include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Palekar's education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Lester Rosen practices colon & rectal surgery in West Palm Beach, FL and Weston, FL. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include female incontinence, polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Rosen is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, Dr. Rosen attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Patients rated Dr. Rosen highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosen has received distinctions including Rectal Surgery 1996 - Robert Beart MD Inaugural Award and Best Doctors "Northeast" - South Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Anoscopy, Hemorrhoidectomy, Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Ukleja is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Ukleja an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Ukleja 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 obtained his medical school training at Medical University of Lodz and performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He has received the distinction of America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Ltd. Peer Nomination). He speaks Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Castro practices adult gastroenterology in Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. On average, patients gave Dr. Castro a rating of 3.5 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. Castro honors. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, Dr. Castro speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Rectal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dana Sands specializes in colon & rectal surgery. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sands include rectal cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and crohn's disease. She 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. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Sands's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Her distinctions include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Sands is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Colectomy, Fecal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Giovanna Da Silva Southwick practices colon & rectal surgery in Weston, FL. Patients gave Dr. Da Silva Southwick an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Da Silva Southwick include rectal cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Da Silva Southwick honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. For her professional training, Dr. Da Silva Southwick completed residency programs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Maimonides Medical Center. She speaks Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Roger Charles works as a gastroenterologist. He attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. These areas are among Dr. Charles's clinical interests: achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Charles is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Tolga Erim is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is conversant in Turkish. His clinical interests include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and colon polyps. Dr. Erim is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Erim graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Outstanding Chief Resident Award; Best Teaching Resident Award; and Florida ACP Outstanding Resident for Excellence in Internal Medicine Award.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Bile Duct Stones, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Pyloric ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. David Maron's area of specialization is surgery. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Maron trained at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hahnemann University Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maron include stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Maron has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Colectomy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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