We found 19 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold EPO near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Jayaprakash Karkala Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1417 South Belcher Road; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jayaprakash Kamath sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Mysore Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Kamath completed a residency program at Helene Fuld Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Kamath's clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Kamath's average rating from his patients is 3.0 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. In addition to English, he speaks Indian Languages. He is affiliated with Northside Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Hepatitis, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Satinderpal Singh Sondhi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite F-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Satinderpal Sondhi sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. He is conversant in Punjabi. He is especially interested in hemorrhoid banding, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Sondhi's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and BayCare Physician Partners. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 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. Dr. Sondhi has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, Endoscopy, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Scott Borislow, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1260 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue; Suite E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Borislow is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of colposcopy, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Borislow attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Borislow completed a residency program at Duke University Medical Center. His average patient rating 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.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Colposcopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Constipation

Dr. Abhitabh A Patil, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Abhitabh Patil specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Patil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Patil takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patil's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks Marathi and Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Mihir Bhagwanji Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include hepatitis, colon problems, and colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Patel attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and residency at St. John's Queen's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Desai 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. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. Pothen Jacob, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Jacob is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Jacob honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Christian Medical College and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. Eric Dean Weston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
401 Corbett Street; Harborside Gastroenterology Suite 350
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eric Weston, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Belleair, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Weston's clinical interests include hepatitis, crohn's disease, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 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 is conversant in French. Dr. Weston's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's Disease, Hepatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Stenzel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Stenzel works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Stenzel's areas of expertise include the following: stomach problems, colon problems, and rectal problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stenzel accepts. He graduated from Heidelberg University. His training includes residency programs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Elmhurst Hospital Center. In addition to English, he speaks German. Dr. Stenzel is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Stomach Problems

Dr. Louis Aviles, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Aviles has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Aviles's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Lourdes Teresa Santiago, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Santiago a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Santiago attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Santiago trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal prolapse, constipation

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene specializes in family medicine. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Memorial Hermann. Dr. Keene's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 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. Dr. Keene speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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Dr. Hussein Kalahy Osman Mohamed, MD
Specializes in Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Surgery
1345 W. Bay Drive; Suite 304
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Hussein Osman-Mohamed is a transplant hepatologist and transplant surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Osman-Mohamed is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Osman-Mohamed attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. He is conversant in Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Bile Duct Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Yamani's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. 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. Before completing his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center, Dr. Yamani attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. Dr. Yamani (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Vietnamese. Dr. Yamani's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sebastian M Tas, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Wound Care
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Sebastian Tas sees patients in Largo, FL and Safety Harbor, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery and wound care. These areas are among Dr. Tas's clinical interests: chronic wounds, diverticular disease, and colon cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Largo Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer

All Interests: Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Chronic Wounds, Lumpectomy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Christopher Stine, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mark Stine's specialty is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program. His clinical interests include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and heart problems. Dr. Stine is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes

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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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