We found 18 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum EPO near Lake Mary, FL.

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Dr. Felix Angel Navarro Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1403 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 206
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Felix Navarro works as an adult gastroenterologist. Before performing his residency at VA Medical Center, Dr. Navarro attended the University of Granada Faculty of Medicine for medical school. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 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. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, indigestion, pyloric stenosis, Crohn's disease, vomiting, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diverticular disease, heartburn, duodenal ulcer, esophageal ulcer, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, bowel obstruction, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Rectal Bleeding, Pyloric Stenosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lenkala R Mallaiah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
311 North Mangoustine Avenue
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Lenkala Mallaiah, who practices in Sanford, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mallaiah attended medical school at Osmania University. Dr. Mallaiah is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Rectal Bleeding, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, ERCP, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Kalyani Gaddipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
917 Rinehart Road; Suite 2051
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Kalyani Gaddipati's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Gaddipati accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Gaddipati attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University for residency. Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and French.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, indigestion, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, vomiting, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticular disease, heartburn, duodenal ulcer, esophageal ulcer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, bowel obstruction, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. Joan Weber Iacobelli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
917 Rinehart Road; Suite 2031
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Joan Iacobelli's specialty is general surgery. She attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Iacobelli is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Iacobelli is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, bowel obstruction

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Aortobifemoral Bypass, Lung Biopsy, Lower Extremity ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Gerard Lester, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2200 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Steven Lester is a specialist in radiation oncology. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Lester honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Central Florida Regional Hospital and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Neck Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Tongue ... (Read more)

Dr. Maneesh Gossain, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2200 West 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Maneesh Gossain sees patients in Sanford, FL and Orlando, FL. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. He is affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Gossain accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Retinoblastoma, Brain Cancer, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory L Ortega, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Ortega's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology; he sees patients in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ortega accepts 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 National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. Dr. Ortega's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. 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

All Interests: PET Scan, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bone Problems, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Santosh M Nair, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Santosh Nair is an adult hematologist and adult oncologist in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. Dr. Nair's professional affiliations include Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. He is a graduate of Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and the University of Madras. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. Dr. Nair accepts 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: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: PET Scan, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bone Problems, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy Don Steinbaum, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
917 Rinehart Road; Suite 2031
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Jeremy Steinbaum's areas of specialization are general surgery and vascular surgery; he sees patients in Orange City, FL and Lake Mary, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include robotic surgery. Dr. Steinbaum takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Steinbaum studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Steinbaum (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Aortobifemoral Bypass, Lung Biopsy, Lower Extremity ... (Read more)

Dr. Neeraj Sharma, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Other, Hematology
2100 West 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Neeraj Sharma's specialties are oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders). He practices in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. After attending Indira Gandhi Medical College for medical school, Dr. Sharma completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. 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

All Interests: PET Scan, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bone Problems, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kottapurath K Kunjumoideen, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
917 Rinehart Road; Suite 2041
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Kottapurath Kunjumoideen's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Lake Mary, FL, Orange City, FL, and Deland, FL. He accepts 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 Calicut Medical College, he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Kunjumoideen is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Bhanu Visvalingam, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Bhanu Visvalingam sees patients in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Visvalingam accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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

All Interests: PET Scan, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bone Problems, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vinay Chandra Srivastava, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1621 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Vinay Srivastava works as a general internist in Sanford, FL. He attended medical school at King George Medical University. He completed his residency training at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Srivastava is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 West First Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Harichand-Herdt honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Harichand-Herdt is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Kaposi's Sarcoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Farideh Zadeh's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zadeh is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zadeh takes. Her residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dennis F Diaz, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
917 Rinehart Road; Suite 2031
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Diaz practices general surgery. Dr. Diaz is especially interested in robotic surgery. 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. After completing medical school at Ponce School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. In addition to English, Dr. Diaz speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, bowel obstruction

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Hemorrhoidectomy, Hepatectomy, Small Bowel ... (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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