We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential Health 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended Stanley Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. Dr. Arasu is especially interested in colonoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arasu honors. He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Ignacio is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He takes 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Kaiser's professional affiliations include All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Karina Irizarry, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Karina Irizarry is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Irizarry 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. After attending Ponce School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Irizarry is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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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