We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold EPO near Clearwater, FL.

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Jayaprakash K. Kamath MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 2.81 stars (4 ratings)
1417 South Belcher Road; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jayaprakash Kamath's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Kamath takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Kamath attended Mysore Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. 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. Abhitabh Patil M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.37 stars (4 ratings)
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Abhitabh Patil specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Patil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Patil attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. His average patient rating is 3.5 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.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Mihir Patel, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include hepatitis, colon problems, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad.

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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
average rating 4.5 stars (2 ratings)
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. 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. Desai attended medical school at Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. Dr. Desai's medical residency was performed at St. John's Queen's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. 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

Mr. Pothen Jacob MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.4 stars (8 ratings)
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Jacob is a gastroenterologist. His education and training includes medical school at Christian Medical College and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Jacob has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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 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. Michael Stenzel M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.75 stars (2 ratings)
1301 2nd Avenue Southwest
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Stenzel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Stenzel focuses on stomach problems, colon problems, and rectal problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Heidelberg University and performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Elmhurst Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Stenzel speaks German. He is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group (Florida) and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Stomach Problems

Dr. Eric D. Weston M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.33 stars (3 ratings)
401 Corbett Street; Harborside Gastroenterology Suite 350
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eric Weston practices adult gastroenterology in Clearwater, FL and Belleair, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis, crohn's disease, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He has received a 4.5 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. Weston honors. Dr. Weston studied medicine at New York Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He speaks French. Dr. Weston is affiliated with 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. Louis Aviles M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.17 stars (22 ratings)
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Aviles's clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Aviles accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bardmoor Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Hussein Mohamed, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 304
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Hussein Osman-Mohamed is a physician who specializes in general practice, general surgery, and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Osman-Mohamed include pancreas problems, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Osman-Mohamed is a graduate of Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Osman-Mohamed is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gallbladder Problems, Pancreas Problems, Gallbladder Removal ... (Read more)

Dr. Lourdes Teresa Santiago MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.66 stars (17 ratings)
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Clearwater, FL. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Santiago's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at Ponce School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Santiago 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal prolapse

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

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 3.48 stars (17 ratings)
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani specializes in general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Yamani's clinical interests: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. His professional affiliations include All Care Medical, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Yamani accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and a graduate of Sound Shore Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

Layal Abdel-Rahman, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Cardiology, Adult Nephrology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 304
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Layal Abdel-Rahman's medical specialty is general practice, cardiology (heart disease), and adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, gallbladder problems, and nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Abdel-Rahman 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. She graduated from Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and then she performed her residency at Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Abdel-Rahman (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Abdel-Rahman is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Hepatectomy, Kidney Stones, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hyperparathyroidism, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaggers C. Keene M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 4.09 stars (8 ratings)
1301 2nd Avenue Southwest
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene's area of specialization is family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Keene's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group (Florida) and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Keene attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Memorial Hermann. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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Sebastian Tas DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Wound Care
average rating 4.75 stars (1 rating)
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Sebastian Tas practices general surgery and wound care. Dr. Tas's areas of expertise include the following: chronic wounds, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. He 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 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. His professional 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)

Michael D. Saccente D.O.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 4.34 stars (8 ratings)
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's area of specialization is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Saccente a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Saccente takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Stine is an internist in Largo, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stine include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and heart problems. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stine obtained his medical school training at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northside Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, 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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