We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Tampa, FL.

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

Dr. David Heiman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Tampa, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Heiman include colposcopy, hepatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). 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. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Shands HealthCare. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Roland Shepard is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Shepard's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In his practice, he is particularly interested in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and endoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Shepard average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shepard 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. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Michel Murr is a medical specialist in bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Murr performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. Dr. Murr is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narwal include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Narwal obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Patiala and performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Narwal's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Prashant B Sukharamwala, MD
Specializes in Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Prashant Sukharamwala's area of specialization is surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Sukharamwala (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His areas of expertise include diverticular disease, peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. Before performing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Sukharamwala attended Government Medical College, Surat for medical school. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sukharamwala takes.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Pancreatitis, Pancreas Problems, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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