We found 9 gastroenterologists who accept BlueCare Essential Health S1450 near Lakeland, FL.

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Dr. Mahmudul Haque PH.D., MD.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 2.66 stars (3 ratings)
805 East Garden Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Mahmudul Haque is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Haque (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Japanese. He is affiliated with Vidant Health, Bartow Regional Medical Center, and Winter Haven Women's Hospital. After attending Dhaka Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Providence Hospital, Washington D.C.. Dr. Haque's average patient rating is 2.5 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.

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Mr. Thiru S. Arasu MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 3.64 stars (14 ratings)
3310 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu sees patients in Tampa, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Lakeland, FL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Stanley Medical College, Dr. Arasu performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arasu takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Colonoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Louis Saco specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Lakeland, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saco is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His distinctions include: Board Certification: American Board Of Manage Care Medicine; Abms Board Certification:gastroenterology; and Alpha Omega Alpha. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Mr. David J. Vargas MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 2 stars (8 ratings)
1114 S Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. David Vargas' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Vargas speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Bartow Regional Medical Center and Winter Haven Women's Hospital. After attending Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vargas takes.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Ugochukwu Nzeako is a Lakeland, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nzeako is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.39 stars (3 ratings)
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Joffre Rivera's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. Dr. Rivera graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.68 stars (4 ratings)
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Roger Montenegro's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 1.87 stars (2 ratings)
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Victor Nwakakwa is a Lakeland, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nwakakwa takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hospital Medicine
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Lijian Wang specializes in adult gastroenterology and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Dr. Wang accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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