We found 7 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Sanda A Tan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100109
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Sanda Tan's areas of specialization are surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and colon & rectal surgery; she sees patients in Gainesville, FL. Her clinical interests include fistula, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Tan is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She obtained her medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Colostomy, Fecal Incontinence, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Polyps, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Camille Glover, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Glover is a gastroenterologist. She is especially interested in crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The average patient rating for Dr. Glover is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Atif Iqbal, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Atif Iqbal practices colon & rectal surgery. For his residency, Dr. Iqbal trained at the University of Missouri Health System. These areas are among Dr. Iqbal's clinical interests: fistula, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. 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 has received the following distinctions: 2009- 2nd best paper award (podium). Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.; 2008- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.; and 2006- 2nd best paper award (podium). American College of Surgeons.. Dr. Iqbal is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Colostomy, Polyps, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marcus Muehlbauer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Marcus Muehlbauer's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Muehlbauer focuses on crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. 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. For his professional training, Dr. Muehlbauer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Muehlbauer is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Ellen Mary Zimmermann, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Ellen Zimmerman is an adult gastroenterologist in Gainesville, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zimmerman include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. The average patient rating for Dr. Zimmerman is 2.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Priti Arun Joshi-Guske, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Priti Joshi-Guske is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Joshi-Guske speaks Gujarati. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joshi-Guske include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. She 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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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Shawn David Larson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shawn Larson practices pediatric surgery in Gainesville, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: fistula, thyroid problems, and pyloric stenosis. He is professionally affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larson accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Sheffield Medical School. He completed his residency training at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Larson has received the following distinctions: American Pediatric Surgery Foundation Scholar; UF Department of Surgery Research Career Development Award; and Resident of the Month, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Appendicitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Cellulitis, Fistula, Pyloric ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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