We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Coventry Catastrophic Carelink HMO 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Lakeland, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital, Dr. Arasu attended Stanley Medical College for medical school. Dr. Arasu's professional affiliations include 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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He graduated from Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Ignacio takes 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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Dr. Greg Christopher Kaiser, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Greg Kaiser practices pediatric gastroenterology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Kaiser 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 Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Dr. Kaiser attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Karina Irizarry is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Irizarry's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Irizarry trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional 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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