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Dr. Michael I. Schulman D.O.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.65 stars (5 ratings)
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Schulman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Schulman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French. Clinical interests for Dr. Schulman include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Bardmoor Surgery Center. After completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schulman accepts 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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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, rectal problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Justin R. Nudell D.O.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Justin Nudell is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Largo, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, hepatitis, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Nudell accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Fecal Incontinence, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Abhitabh Patil M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.37 stars (4 ratings)
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Abhitabh Patil specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Patil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Patil attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Mihir B. Patel MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include hepatitis, colon problems, and colonoscopy. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Chetan K. Desai MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.5 stars (2 ratings)
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. 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. Dr. Desai attended medical school at Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. Dr. Desai's medical residency was performed at St. John's Queen's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Mr. Pothen Jacob MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.4 stars (8 ratings)
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Jacob is a gastroenterologist. His education and training includes medical school at Christian Medical College and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Jacob has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. Louis Aviles M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.17 stars (22 ratings)
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Aviles's clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Aviles accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bardmoor Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Lourdes Teresa Santiago MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.66 stars (17 ratings)
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Clearwater, FL. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Santiago's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at Ponce School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Santiago 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal prolapse

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Hernia ... (Read more)

Ms. Sarah Anne Digby D.O.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 4.75 stars (1 rating)
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. Dr. Digby accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northside Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic ... (Read more)

Layal Abdel-Rahman, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Cardiology, Adult Nephrology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 315
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Layal Abdel-Rahman's medical specialty is general practice, cardiology (heart disease), and adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, gallbladder problems, and nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Abdel-Rahman 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. She graduated from Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and then she performed her residency at Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Abdel-Rahman (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Abdel-Rahman is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Hepatectomy, Kidney Stones, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hyperparathyroidism, ... (Read more)

Sebastian Tas DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Wound Care
average rating 4.75 stars (1 rating)
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite D
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Sebastian Tas practices general surgery and wound care. Dr. Tas's areas of expertise include the following: chronic wounds, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer

All Interests: Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Chronic Wounds, Lumpectomy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ramanababu V. Paladugu M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
average rating 4.75 stars (2 ratings)
9555 Seminole Boulevard; Suite 205
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Ramanababu Paladugu's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, geriatric health, and trigger point injections. Dr. Paladugu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Trigger Point ... (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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