We found 5 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Aetna Silver near Temple Terrace, FL.

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Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
15045 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Arasu's areas of expertise include colonoscopy. His professional affiliations include All Children's Hospital and BayCare Health System. He graduated from Stanley Medical College. He trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Arasu has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Colonoscopy

Dr. Joseph Rene Ignacio, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Ignacio works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is a graduate of Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and a graduate of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo's residency program. Dr. Ignacio accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Greg Christopher Kaiser, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Greg Kaiser is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. His professional affiliations include All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Kaiser studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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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Dr. Karina Irizarry, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Karina Irizarry is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Temple Terrace, FL. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Irizarry 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. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Irizarry attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rene Gomez Esquivel is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gomez Esquivel honors.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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