We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Catastrophic near Largo, FL.

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Dr. Abhitabh A Patil, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Abhitabh Patil is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Patil's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Clinical interests for Dr. Patil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Patil (or staff) is conversant in Marathi and Spanish. Dr. Patil's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Justin R Nudell, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Justin Nudell is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Nudell include barrett's esophagus, hepatitis, and gallbladder problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Nudell 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 Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Nudell attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Satinderpal Singh Sondhi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite F-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Satinderpal Sondhi specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology and practices in Clearwater, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Sondhi a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of hemorrhoid banding, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and BayCare Physician Partners. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sondhi accepts. Dr. Sondhi has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, Endoscopy, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chetan K Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Chetan Desai's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Desai's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He attended Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and then went on to complete his residency at St. John's Queen's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He accepts 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Michael I Schulman, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Schulman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Schulman include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Schulman honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Schulman (or staff) speaks Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French.

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

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

Dr. David Scott Borislow, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1260 S Dr Ml King Jr Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Borislow practices adult gastroenterology in Clearwater, FL. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in colposcopy, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Borislow's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Borislow's education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Colposcopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Constipation

Dr. Pothen Jacob, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 South Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Jacob practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Christian Medical College and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. Dr. Jacob 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jacob is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Mihir Patel specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include hepatitis, colon problems, and colonoscopy. He accepts 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 B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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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. Louis Aviles, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Aviles performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is especially interested in acid reflux (GERD). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Aviles accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, 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
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Santiago attended Ponce School of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: hemorrhoid banding, biopsy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Santiago is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal prolapse, constipation

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

Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby works as an internist. Dr. Digby's clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Northside Hospital (Georgia). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Digby attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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)

Dr. Sebastian M Tas, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Wound Care
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite D
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Sebastian Tas, who practices in Largo, FL and Safety Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and wound care. His areas of expertise include chronic wounds, diverticular disease, and colon cancer. 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. Dr. Tas attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. Dr. Tas's 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 Venkata Paladugu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
9555 Seminole Boulevard; Suite 205
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Ramanababu Paladugu works as an internist in Seminole, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and trigger point injections. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Paladugu studied medicine at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. His medical residency was performed at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Paladugu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

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

Dr. Layal Abdel Rahman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 315
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Layal Abdel Rahman, who practices in Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and kidney stones. She is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Abdel Rahman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences. She completed her residency training at Union Memorial Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Abdel Rahman (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Hepatectomy, Kidney Stones, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hyperparathyroidism, Bile ... (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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