Best GI Doctors in Florida

If you’ve been suffering in silence with gastrointestinal issues, you’re not alone. A lot of people grin and bear it, and attempt to treat their condition with over-the-counter medications—however, this is dangerous and not recommended. Always speak with your regular doctor about gastrointestinal issues that are outside of the norm, like lower GI issues that last longer than a standard stomach virus, or go away only to come back repeatedly. These are warning signs that your issue is a chronic illness that won’t get better without treatment. When this happens, your regular doctor is the first person to go to for help, and you should always speak with them as soon as you suspect something isn’t right. After a preliminary diagnosis, your regular doctor may refer you to a GI doctor (aka a gastroenterologist, a specialist in the GI tract) to confirm the diagnosis and provide expert care and treatment.

However, not everyone has a regular doctor who can refer them to a specialist. Or maybe you do have a regular doctor, but they presented you with a list of gastroenterologists in your area and told you to pick one—this can be a daunting task.

How can I find one of the best GI doctors in Florida?

When your doctor gives you a list of GI doctors to pick from, that can simplify the task of choosing one. However, if you live in a rural area in Florida, there may not be any gastroenterologists in your area, and you may have to look to a nearby larger city in the state for help. Looking for a physician in an unfamiliar city can be confusing, but it’s important to remember the key tips of choosing a well-known, well-liked (by their patients), and well-educated GI doctor in Florida, who has had many years of experience in diagnosing GI disorders, treating them and performing procedures. Positive experience is key in finding the best GI doctor in Florida for your needs.

Dr. Vigram Tarugu, is board certified in gastroenterology, and is the Medical Director of Endoscopy at Florida Hospital Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Kashi is trilingual in English, Spanish and Farsi, making her a great resource for patients who don’t speak English as a first language. Dr. Kashi has practiced medicine for over 17 years, and went to medical school at Nova Southeastern University, finishing her medical education at John Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

As Medical Director of Endoscopy at a major hospital, Dr. Kashi has done a wide variety of GI procedures as well as endoscopies, such as gastric balloon surgery for weight loss, colonoscopies and other GI diagnostic and treatment procedures. Conditions she has treated range from things like GERD and Barrett’s esophagus to autoimmune disorders of the GI tract, to cirrhosis to IBS and many more.

As a general rule of thumb when looking for the best GI doctors in Florida, do your research and choose someone who is liked by their patients, well-educated and good at what they do. When you factor in all of those things, especially the last two, you would usually have a good experience.