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Dr. David Robert Heiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4224 N Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Heiman is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Shands HealthCare for residency. He is especially interested in colposcopy, hepatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Heiman 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. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Heiman's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH).

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Endoscopy, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Edwards Richter, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Joel Richter is a gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Richter's areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and eosinophilic esophagitis (eoE). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Richter's training includes a residency program at National Naval Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Top Doctors; Castle and Connolly Top Doctors in American-Gastroenterology; and Best Doctors. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophagus Problems, Barrett's Esophagus, pH Test, Acid Reflux

Dr. Roland David Shepard, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4224 N Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Roland Shepard is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and endoscopy. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shepard accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Shepard attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Endoscopy, Cancer Screening, Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
508 South Habana Avenue; Suite 260 (s Tampa Medical Center)
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Morris Hanan works as a gastroenterologist. In addition to English, Dr. Hanan speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hanan include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Dr. Hanan attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He 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: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Ulcers, Diverticular Disease, Colon Problems

Dr. Alan Marc Weintraub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4108 Henderson Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Alan Weintraub is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Weintraub at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weintraub include cancer, ulcers, and nutrition counseling. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph 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. Weintraub takes. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Weintraub attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, rectal problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Rectal Problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hemorrhoid Banding, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Israel Crespo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6919 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Israel Crespo is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Tampa, FL. These areas are among Dr. Crespo's clinical interests: cancer, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Crespo completed a residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Tampa Community Hospital, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity).

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, colon problems, rectal problems, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Rectal Problems, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Angel Manuel Rosario, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6919 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Angel Rosario is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rosario's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include cancer, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Tampa Community Hospital, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity). 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 Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Rosario completed his residency training at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown and Dr. Ramon Ruiz Arnau University Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, colon problems, rectal problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Substance Abuse, Rectal Problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Narwal is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala and a graduate of Kings County Hospital Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, gastritis, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, chronic constipation, rectal problems, malabsorption, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food ... (Read more)

Dr. John Isaac Delgado, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2919 W. Swann Avenue; Suite 106
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Delgado's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and colonoscopy. Dr. Delgado has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Delgado studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Paracentesis, Hemorrhoid Banding, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Biopsy, Colonoscopy

Dr. Leopoldo Grauer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4600 N Habana Avenue; Suite 29
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Leopoldo Grauer is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Grauer an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in diverticular disease, cancer, and rectal problems. 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. He graduated from Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. In addition to English, Dr. Grauer speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon problems, rectal problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cancer, Diverticular Disease, Colon Problems

Dr. Jorge Enrique Marcet, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Marcet's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Marcet include fistula, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Marcet has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Fecal Incontinence, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Jamie E Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jaime Sanchez is a colon and rectal surgeon in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sanchez include colorectal surgery procedures, diverticular disease, and pelvic reconstructive surgery. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Sanchez is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sanchez trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Sanchez is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Surgical Procedures, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diverticular ... (Read more)

Dr. Damian Abel Laber, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Damian Laber works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Laber include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. Dr. Laber's hospital/clinic affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Laber's office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Huron Hospital for residency. He has received the distinction of Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Bleeding, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cesar Alberto Santiago Munoz, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Santiago's medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), fistula, and microsurgery. Dr. Santiago is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Santiago attended Ponce School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence, constipation

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Rectocele, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
2 Tampa General Circle; Hmt Suite 410
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel Murr is a medical specialist in bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. Dr. Murr 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. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Murr's medical residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He has received distinctions including USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cheryl A Reed, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cheryl Reed specializes in family medicine and practices in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Reed include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Heritage Valley Beaver. Dr. Reed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (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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