We found 33 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential Health near Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Roberto J Firpi- Morell, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Firpi-Morell is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Firpi-Morell obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha-Alumni Member; Exemplary Teacher Award - University of Florida; and Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award - University of Florida. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Firpi-Morell is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher E Forsmark, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Forsmark practices adult gastroenterology in Gainesville, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Forsmark include acute pancreatitis, ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), and chronic pancreatitis. 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. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His distinctions include: President - American Pancreatic Association (2006-2007); Councilor - American Pancreatic Association (2001-2004); and President - Florida Gastroenterologic Society (2002-2003). He speaks Ilocano. Dr. Forsmark's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Acute Pancreatitis, Chronic Pancreatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Robert Nelson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. David Nelson is an adult gastroenterologist and adult transplant hepatologist. In his practice, Dr. Nelson focuses on hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and liver transplant. Dr. Nelson is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Nelson graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Florida Department of Medicine; Exemplary Teaching Award - University of Florida College of Medicine; and Outstanding Alumnus Award - Syracuse Medical Alumni.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Dr. Virginia Catherine Clark, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Virginia Clark works as an adult gastroenterologist and adult transplant hepatologist in Gainesville, FL. She is especially interested in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, cirrhosis, and liver biopsy. Dr. Clark's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She attended Emory University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She has received the following distinction: American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Liver Biopsy, Alpha-1 ... (Read more)

Dr. Roniel Cabrera, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Roniel Cabrera specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Gainesville, FL. He attended Howard University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. Dr. Cabrera honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received distinctions including Young Investigator Award Basic Science Research and University of Colorado; National Institute of Health (NIH) LRP Award and University of Florida; and Young Investigator Conference in Digestive Disease Award and University of Florida. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cabrera is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter V Draganov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Peter Draganov practices adult gastroenterology in Gainesville, FL. His clinical interests include ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), pancreatic cancer, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Draganov takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Medical University of Sofia. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina for his residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Best Dotors in America; Exemplary Teacher Award - College of Medicine, University of Florida; and Scientific Poster Recognition Award - Southern Medical Association. Dr. Draganov (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Bulgarian and Russian. Dr. Draganov is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, ERCP, Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. David S Estores Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. David Estores is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and esophageal spasm. Dr. Estores is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, esophageal spasm, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Spasm, Acid Reflux, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

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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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Dr. Giuseppe Morelli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Giuseppe Morelli is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He works in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Morelli has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. 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. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. He is conversant in Italian. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, ... (Read more)

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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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Dr. Anil K Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Anil Sharma specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in acid reflux (GERD). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharma honors. Dr. Sharma is a graduate of Government Medical College, Amritsar. Dr. Sharma's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux

Dr. Genie Lynn Kahn Beasley, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Genie Beasley, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beasley include adolescent issues and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Beasley 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. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Beasley's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Pediatric Resident Teacher of the Year Award.

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Relevant Interests: , ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Ulcerative Colitis

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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Davis is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Gainesville, FL. He attended Medical College of Georgia for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency. In his practice, Dr. Davis focuses on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colorectal problems, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, anal fissures, ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence, constipation, colitis

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

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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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