We found 7 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Crystal River, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.16 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
6152 W Corporate Oaks Drive
Crystal River, FL

Dr. Barrett Wallis is an adult gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Wallis is 4.0 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, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Wallis attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL

Dr. Lakshmipathi Reddi, who practices in Crystal River, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Reddi studied medicine at Andhra Medical College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL

Dr. Paul Hellstern works as an adult gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hellstern accepts.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.37 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL

Dr. Sreekanth Chandrupatla specializes in adult gastroenterology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chandrupatla takes. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 2.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL

Dr. Anil Ram is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. 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. Dr. Ram studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 2.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL

Dr. Purnachander Bikkasani is a Crystal River, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6410 W Gulf To Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL

Dr. Siddharth Mathur is a Crystal River, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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