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

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

Dr. Luis Lara's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Lara include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. 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. Lara attended medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. 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, Dr. Lara speaks Spanish.

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

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

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

Dr. Ronnie Pimentel practices adult gastroenterology in Weston, FL. Dr. Pimentel is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include esophageal varices, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Pimentel studied medicine at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. For his residency, Dr. Pimentel trained at Cleveland Clinic. The average patient rating for Dr. Pimentel is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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 distinction: Olympus Advanced Endoscopy Scholarship.

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

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

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

Dr. Alison Schneider is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Schneider takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schneider attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. She is professionally 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)

Dr. Fernando Javier Castro-Pavia, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Castro's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Castro's areas of expertise include the following: foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. 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 studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Castro is conversant in Spanish.

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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)

Dr. Roger Justin Charles, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Roger Charles is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. 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. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. He trained at Cleveland Clinic for his residency. Dr. Charles 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, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nicole Palekar's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Palekar's areas of expertise include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She 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 the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Palekar is 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)

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

Dr. Andrew Ukleja's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Ukleja's clinical interests: achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. After completing medical school at Medical University of Lodz, Dr. Ukleja performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He has received the distinction of America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Ltd. Peer Nomination). He speaks Polish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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)

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

Dr. Xaralambos Zervos' areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zervos include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Dr. Zervos is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Dr. Zervos (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Bile ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alejandro Perez is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Perez include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Perez is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Guillermo Hernan Davila, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Guillermo Davila is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Patients gave Dr. Davila an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davila include rectocele (posterior prolapse), urodynamic testing, and vaginal prolapse. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He 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. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Davila trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency. Dr. Davila has received distinctions including 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. Dr. Davila (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Cystoscopy, Urodynamic Testing, Urogynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Andreas Tzakis specializes in general surgery and transplant surgery. Dr. Tzakis's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Dr. Tzakis is affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, and Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Tzakis is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Tzakis performed Dr. Tzakis's residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Tzakis has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Tzakis speaks Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Eric Weiss specializes in colon & rectal surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Weiss include stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. He honors 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. Dr. Weiss's distinctions include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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

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

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2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Department of Gyn
Weston, FL
 

These areas are among Dr. Eric Hurtado's clinical interests: sacral nerve stimulation (SNS), urodynamic testing, and rectocele (posterior prolapse). 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. 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 professional recognition including the following: 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, Urodynamic Testing, Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dalia McCoy's specialty is family medicine. She graduated from Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. McCoy completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. Her clinical interests include warts, acne, and colorectal cancer. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. McCoy speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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)

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

Dr. Michael Medina is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Medina (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Medina include hemifacial spasm, achalasia, and nasal congestion (stuffy nose). Dr. Medina is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Medina obtained his medical school training at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 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.

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

All Interests: Nasal Congestion, Achalasia, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Esophagitis, Facial Paralysis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Wexner practices colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Wexner's areas of expertise include stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and female incontinence. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Wexner accepts 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 he has received include Executive Health: Top Docs, South Florida CEO Business; Boca Raton Super Doctors; and South Florida Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Colectomy, Laparoscopic ... (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.