We found 3 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare HMO near Temple Terrace, FL.

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

Dr. Joseph Ignacio, who practices in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine. Dr. Ignacio's medical residency was performed 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. He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr Greg Christopher Kaiser MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.96 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL

Dr. Greg Kaiser practices pediatric gastroenterology in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaiser 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. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Dr. Kaiser's hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Karina Irizarry MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.66 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL

Dr. Karina Irizarry is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Temple Terrace, FL. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Irizarry is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She attended Ponce School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Irizarry 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.

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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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