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Dr. Santosh M Nair, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 N Stone Street
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Santosh Nair's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. His professional affiliations include Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Nair graduated from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and the University of Madras. For his residency, Dr. Nair trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Nair takes 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: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Gregory L Ortega, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 N Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Ortega is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Ortega is 4.5 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. Dr. Ortega graduated from National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In addition to English, Dr. Ortega speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Neeraj Sharma, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Other, Hematology
1070 N Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Neeraj Sharma is an oncologist and hematologist in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Sharma is 4.5 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. After attending Indira Gandhi Medical College for medical school, Dr. Sharma completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Sharma is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Bhanu Visvalingam, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 N Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Bhanu Visvalingam, who practices in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Visvalingam completed his residency training at Winthrop University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Rene Cabeza, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 N Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Rene Cabeza works as an adult hematologist and adult oncologist in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cabeza is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. He attended Juan N. Corpas University Foundation for medical school and subsequently trained at Robert Packer Hospital and St. John's Episcopal Hospital for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 North Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. She practices in Daytona Beach, FL, Orange City, FL, and Sanford, FL. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Harichand-Herdt's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She 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: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Gizelle M Mery, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1070 N . Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Gizelle Mery is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Mery is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She takes 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 Winthrop University Hospital, Dr. Mery attended medical school at New York Medical College. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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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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