We found 43 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Gold near Weston, FL.

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

Dr. Luis Lara is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lara include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. Dr. Lara's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lara 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 distinctions include: National Pancreas Foundation Travel Scholarship; Associates Council American College of Physicians, Ohio Chapter; and President of the Medical Student Council, EMIS-ITESM. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Lara's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, diverticular disease, heartburn, hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), gastroenteritis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, short bowel syndrome, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, peptic ulcer, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) stricture, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD)

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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Pimentel include esophageal varices, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. Patient ratings for Dr. Pimentel average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. He has received the following distinction: Olympus Advanced Endoscopy Scholarship. Dr. Pimentel speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, ulcerative colitis, gastrointestinal (GI) stricture, pancreatic cancer

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

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

Dr. Alison Schneider practices adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schneider include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. Dr. Schneider has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She 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. Before completing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Schneider attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, gastrointestinal motility disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Nicole Palekar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Wilford Hall Medical Center's residency program. These areas are among her clinical interests: percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Palekar is 3.0 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. Palekar accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

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

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

Dr. Andrew Ukleja's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Ukleja's clinical interests: achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Ukleja 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 University of Lodz and then went on to complete 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. On average, patients gave Dr. Castro a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Castro attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Primary Office
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Xaralambos Zervos' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Dr. Zervos (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. Clinical interests for Dr. Zervos include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Dr. Zervos's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, and Broward Health Medical Center. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Zervos 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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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Roger Charles is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Charles include achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Charles is 5.0 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. Charles takes. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, achalasia, Crohn's disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

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

Dr. Alejandro Perez, DO
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alejandro Perez sees patients in Weston, FL, Miami, FL, and Homestead, FL. His medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). Areas of expertise for Dr. Perez include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perez accepts. Dr. Perez attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida for residency. Dr. Perez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Guillermo Davila's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Davila (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. These areas are among his clinical interests: rectocele (posterior prolapse), vaginal prolapse, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). Dr. Davila is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. Davila performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He 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. He has received the following distinctions: Cleveland Clinic Foundation - 6th Annual Innovator Award; "Excellence in Health Care Award" - South Florida Business Journal, Innovator Category; and "Mentor of the Year" ACOG District VII.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Cystoscopy, Urogynecological Problems, Enterocele, Rectocele, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dalia McCoy sees patients in Weston, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: warts, acne, and colorectal cancer. Dr. McCoy is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McCoy attended Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Cellulitis, Hypertension, Dementia, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Cancer, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Primary Office
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andreas Tzakis works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Dr. Tzakis attended the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tzakis include polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Dr. Tzakis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Tzakis has received include Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Tzakis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and French. Dr. Tzakis's professional affiliations include Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eric Weiss is a specialist in colon & rectal surgery. He works in Weston, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Patients rated Dr. Weiss highly, giving him an average of 5.0 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. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Weiss include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Weiss is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, anal cancer, perianal abscess, anal fissures, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse, rectal bleeding

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

2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Department of Gyn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Eric Hurtado's areas of expertise include the following: sacral nerve stimulation (SNS), rectocele (posterior prolapse), and vaginal prolapse. 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 George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Hurtado trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinction: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. Dr. Hurtado is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Cystocele, Cystoscopy, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Interstitial Cystitis, Cystoscopy with Urethral ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Wexner specializes in colon & rectal surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and female incontinence. Dr. Wexner honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wexner graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has received distinctions including Executive Health: Top Docs, South Florida CEO Business; Boca Raton Super Doctors; and South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Wexner is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, anal cancer, perianal abscess, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse, rectal bleeding

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

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

Dr. Michael Medina works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Weston, FL. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Medina attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: hemifacial spasm, achalasia, and nasal congestion (stuffy nose). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Medina (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Medina is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, colon polyps, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nasal Congestion, Achalasia, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Esophagitis, ... (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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