Gastroenterologist Providers

Srinivas Seelas, MD

"Featured in Orlando's Doctors of the Year"

Srinivas Seela, MD

Gastroenterologist in Orlando, FL

Digestive and Liver Center of Florida
 

Dr. Seela moved to Orlando, Florida after finishing his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine, one of the finest programs in the country. During his training he spent a significant amount of time in basic and clinical research, and has published articles in Gastroenterology literature.

His interests include advanced and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, colorectal cancer screening, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), metabolic and other liver disorders.

Dr. Seela is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), and Crohn's Colitis Foundation (CCF).

In addition to being an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida School of Medicine, he is also a teaching attending physician at both the Florida Hospital Internal Medicine Residency and Family Practice Residence (MD and DO) programs. He is a

regular contributing writer for Orlando Medical News and Spanish Magazine Tu Revista Mujer.


Harinath Sheela, MD

Harinath Sheela, MD

Gastroenterologist in Orlando, FL

Digestive and Liver Center of Florida

Dr. Sheela moved to Orlando, Florida after finishing his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine, one of the finest programs in the country. During his training he spent a significant amount of time in basic and clinical research and has published articles in Gastroenterology literature.

His interests include Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Metabolic and other liver disorders.

Dr. Sheela is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), and Crohn's Colitis Foundation (CCF).

Dr. Harinath Sheela has served as the Chairman at Florida Hospital's Department of Gastroenterology. He is also an active member of the Orange County Medical Society and sits on the Board of Directors.

In addition to being an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida School of Medicine, he is also a teaching attending physician at both the Florida Hospital Internal Medicine Residency and Family Practice Residence (MD and DO) programs.

Contributing writer for Orlando Medical News, Insight Magazine, Spanish Magazine Tu Revista Mujer and the Healthy Advice session from Orlando Sentinel.


Basher M. Atiquzzman, MD

Basher Atiquzzaman, MD, "Dr. Atiq"

Gastroenterologist in Orlando, FL

Digestive And Liver Center Of Florida

Affectionately known to his patients and staff simply as "Dr. Atiq" Basher Atiquzzaman, MD, brings an exceptional level of expertise to the treatment of diseases and disorders that affect the stomach, colon, intestines, liver, pancreas, and esophagus.

A family lineage of doctors led him to pursue medicine; and because he utilizes tiny cameras to diagnose and treat patients, his natural talent for
photography compliments his skill set as a gastroenterology and hepatology
specialist.

With more than 20 years of clinical experience, and advanced endoscopy training,
his skilled hands, precise techniques and compassionate approach are preferred by many for therapeutic and diagnostic endoscopies
and colonoscopies. Providing full service gastroenterology
and hepatology medical services, Dr. Atiq performs endoscopy procedures
at the Endo-Surgical Center of Florida.

Patients are not the only ones who seek Dr. Atiq for his specialized
gastroenterology and hepatology care. He also educates the next
generation of doctors by training medical school students in the same
treatments and techniques being utilized within his own practice.


Dr. Moin Kola

Dr. Moin Kola MD

Gastroenterologist in Orlando, FL

Digestive and Liver Center of Florida

Dr. Moin Kola is a Board-Certified Gastroenterologist who has provided Gastroenterology services in Central Florida for 10 years. Dr. Kola completed his Gastroenterology fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) visiting fellowship with Crohn's and colitis Foundation of America at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kola served as Chief Fellow during the last year of his fellowship training.

Dr. Kola started his gastroenterology training in England and hold the distinction of being a member of Royal College of physicians of the United Kingdom , MRCP (UK). Dr. Kola was actively involved in the clinical and basic science research during the course of his fellowship. He has published his work in the the national and international peer reviewed Gastroenterology and Hepatology journals.

Dr. Kola's expertise include colon cancer screening, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, fatty liver disease and various and various other gastroenterology and liver disorders. Dr. Kola is a member of Amercian College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).


Dr. Moin Kola

Dr. Jessica Narváez-Lugo, MD

Gastroenterologist in Orlando, FL

Digestive and Liver Center of Florida

Dr. Jessica Narváez-Lugo, a board-certified doctor in Gastroenterology, obtained her medical degree in 2003 from Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico, formerly known as Ponce School of Medicine. After completing her internal medicine residency at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System, she pursued an additional year as a training program leader becoming a Chief Resident. She acquired a high-quality training during her fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Narváez-Lugo is passionate about diagnosing and treating all gastrointestinal disorders but has special interest for Abdominal Pain, Anemias, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Constipation, Diarrhea, Diverticulosis, Swallowing Disorders, Gallbladder Disorders, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Liver Diseases such as Hepatitis C (HCV), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD, such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Peptic Ulcer Disease.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.


Dr. Moin Kola

Dr. Sheryl Rosa-Cruz, MD

Dr. Sheryl Rosa-Cruz has a dual board certification in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. She received her degree in Doctor of Medicine from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico in 2009, where she graduated with honors. Afterwards, she fulfilled her internship year at the New York Medical College. Continuing her training, she completed her specialty in Internal Medicine and then her fellowship in Gastroenterology at the VA Caribbean Healthcare Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After residency and prior to starting fellowship, Dr. Rosa-Cruz had the privilege of being a Chief Resident for a year, and she was also appointed the Chief Fellow on her final year of the Gastroenterology subspecialty training.

Dr. Rosa-Cruz's interests include diagnosing and treating all gastrointestinal disorders including Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), abdominal pain, H.pylori, peptic ulcer disease, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disorders among others. She is also an advocate of the importance of timely colorectal cancer screening.

Dr. Rosa is completely fluent in Spanish as well as English. She is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association.


Colon & Rectal Surgeons:

Sergio Larach, MD

Sergio Larach, MD, FASCRS, FACS

Colorectal Surgeon in Orlando, FL

Digestive And Liver Center Of Florida

Dr. Sergio Larach completed his fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School. He is board certified in colon and rectal surgery. He has published numerous articles on colon and rectal surgery, conducted clinical research, and authored book chapters in his specialty. Dr Larach has been selected as a "Top Doctor in Orlando" by Orlando Magazine for several years.

His interests include the whole spectrum of colorectal issues, including colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and ano-rectal diseases. Dr. Larach has become a pioneer in performing laparoscopic surgical procedures, and he recently developed the TAMIS procedure for the treatment of rectal tumors

Dr. Sergio Larach has held multiple professional appointments through his career, including Program Director of Orlando Regional and Florida Hospital's Colon and Rectal Fellowship Program. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Central Florida and Clinical Associate Professor at Florida State University.


Dr. Sam Atallah, MD   FASCRS, FACS

Dr. Sam Atallah, MD FASCRS, FACS

Colorectal Surgeon in Orlando, FL

Digestive And Liver Center Of Florida

Director of Research & Clinical Trials

Dr. Atallah is among the most well known colorectal surgeons in the world. He moved to Orlando in 2007 after completing training at Houston’s Texas Medical Center with Surgical Oncology training at MD Anderson Cancer Center where his training had earned him double-board certification in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. Two years to the day after completing fellowship training in colon & rectal surgery, Dr. Atallah performed the world’s first TAMIS operation in Winter Park, FL on June 30, 2009. This created a new approach to treating rectal cancers and polyps, that is now being practiced in more than 50 countries. Dr. Atallah pioneered robotic transanal surgery and was the first in the world to perform this technique. He is one of the leaders in advanced technology for rectal cancer surgery and has developed the technique of stereotactic navigation for transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) — an important step forward in the evolution of computer-assisted surgery. Complex treatment of rectal cancer and surgical management of this disease through the new techniques of TAMIS and taTME represent Dr. Atallah’s principal interests in colorectal surgery; and he is currently producing a textbook on these topics scheduled for 2019 publication by Springer Nature. He is also actively involved in the design and assessment of next-generation robotic systems that will be smaller, sleeker, and able to work in places and spaces never before imagined.
www.dratallah.com


Dr. Bianchi

Dr. Elisa Maria Bianchi MD

Colorectal Surgeon in Orlando, FL

Digestive and Liver Center of Florida

Dr. Elisa Maria Bianchi is a Board-Certified General Surgeon who completed a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health in New York, where her specialty training encompassed a variety of small bowel, colon, rectal and anal pathologies which included malignant, benign and inflammatory disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). She previously completed her residency in General Surgery at Loma Linda University Health with particular emphasis in robotic techniques.

Dr. Bianchi completed her medical training at the University Illinois at Chicago. Prior to that she completed an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois and worked as an engineer at Abbott Laboratories. Dr. Bianchi is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Elisa Bianchi prides herself on developing a close rapport with her patients and making sure that all medical options, not only surgery, are explored to optimally treat disease. She takes a holistic approach to the practice of medicine that is rooted in her desire to engage her patients as equal partners in shared medical decision-making.

Dr. Wanita Patterson DNP, APRN

Dr. Wanita Patterson, DNP, APRN

She is a graduate from University of Florida and has over 40 years experience in many areas including gastroenterology, cardiology, internal medicine and functional/restorative medicine. She has been a part of Digestive and Liver Center of Florida since 2013 you might see her making hospital rounds on weekends. She is also a favored frequent speaker at our practice.

She also has her own practice called Modern Medical and Wellness and in her practice she specializes in nutritional support w botanical medicine and supplements, weight loss, cancer support and bioidentical hormone therapy for men and women.


Gabrielle Bains, ARNP-C, MSN

Gabrielle Bains, ARNP-C, MSN

She has worked at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida since 2012 helping our practice deliver the highest level of Compassionate, Caring and Sophisticated medical care. She is a graduate from the University of Central Florida. Gabrielle may see you at the hospital along with one of our Physicians if you are ever admitted. Her background in the medical industry includes involvement in an array of Professional Organizations. As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, she has plenty of experience in Critical care, Multi-system Progressive Care Units, Medical Diabetes Unit, as well as other Health services.


Thelma Teresa Nelson, APRN-C, MSN

Thelma Teresa Nelson, APRN-C, MSN

She has served our team @ Digestive and Liver Center of Florida since 2014. Some of her past educational merits include an M.S.N., Adult Nurse Practitioner w/ Honors from the University of Central Florida, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society in 2011. Prior to this achievement, she graduated in May 2008 w/ a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Central Florida. She has worked as an RN since 2008, and carries over 8 years of professional experience as an APRN in the acute care setting, Rehab facility, and office setting.


Ashley Clark, MSN, ARNP-C.

Ashley Clark, MSN, ARNP-C.

Ashley began her journey with Digestive and Liver Center of Florida just over a year ago. In 2017, she was merited her Master's degree of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida. Prior to this accomplishment, she completed her BSN from the University of Central Florida in 2013. To supplement her experience in the Nurse Practitioner field, a clinical rotation was completed at DLCFL as a Nurse Practitioner student. She currently makes daily hospital rounds @ Advent Health east in Orlando, and Winter Park. You may see her at any one of these campuses, as she is our float Nurse Practitioner.


 

 

Amy P. Romito PA-C

Amy P. Romito, PA-C

She forms part of our team here at the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida. In 2014, She earned her Master of Clinical Medical Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies at Nova Southeastern University. Prior to this milestone in her career, she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida in 2012. Along her journey to becoming a Certified Physician Assistant, she has undergone a vast amount of time working many clinical rotations to develop her skills in this field. Some of these include rotations based on the following areas: Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Behavorial Health, Family Medicine, Internal medicine, among others. She has over 4 years of experience as a PA-C within the urgent care setting.


Hyacinth Addison, ARNP, MSN

Monique D. Burnett, MSN APRN NP-C

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in vascular, cardiac, surgical medical and critical care nursing. Nursing experience includes knowledge of modern nursing principles, practices, techniques and theory. Ability to establish a database, identify client’s health care needs, prepare a diagnostic statement, and apply nursing interventions. Provide leadership in the delivery of care and nursing practice within the unit. Proficient in understanding and carrying out oral and written instructions. Participate in Continuous Process Improvement changes and activities.


Hyacinth Addison, ARNP, MSN

Anthony Sabu, ARNP

He is a graduate from South University of Savannah, Georgia and has nearly 25 years of experience in many different fields including gastroenterology, hematology and oncology. He has been part of Advent Health Medical Group since 2007 and is now currently performing in Hematology and Oncology as an ARNP. He has also shown a great skill in leadership, as he has earned a Nursing Excellent in leadership during the time he was an Assistant Nurse Manager from Florida East Hospital. In his social life, he is a very well respected member of the Syromalabar Catholic Church, due to being a choir lead and is very talented in many different instruments. He has been selected as the Trustee once again since January 2019, with this role being vital to the organization of the church. Before this, he was the President for 3 years of the Orlando Regional Malayalee Association, otherwise known as ORMA. During his time as the ORMA President, he conducted and organized many programs/stage shows across many platforms, many of which were successful in representing Indian Culture.


Shelly Ann Scott DNP, APRN-C

Shelly Ann Scott, DNP, APRN-C

Shelly started working with Digestive and Liver Center of Florida since 2005! She was the first Nurse Practitioner on board with the team at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida. She graduated from Seminole State in 1998, and was merited her Nurse Practitioner degree in 2003. Furthermore, Shelly was a part of the first graduating class of UCF's Clinical Doctoral program in 2010. Her research is titled, "Retrospective Analysis" of HCC screening in Cirrhotic patients. You may encounter Shelly rounding at Advent Health Winter Park.


Shelly Ann Scott DNP, APRN-C

Stephanie Reed, MSN, APRN-C

I am a graduate of South Florida with my MSN in 2019 with a specialty in FNP. Prior to this, I obtained my BSN from University of Central Florida. I have worked with Advent Health for the last 8 years and have spent the last 7 years as an Emergency Room nurse.


Shelly Ann Scott DNP, APRN-C

Urmilla Medrano, APRN

Urmilla Medrano is a Nurse Practitioner at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida who partners closely with Dr. Sheela. She holds a national certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a family nurse practitioner. She originally attended University of North Carolina Wilmington, in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While working in the Cardiac Telemetry unit and Mother/Baby unit, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University. She worked primarily in Cardiac Telemetry and Mother/Baby setting. She began working with Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in 2020. She believes in developing strong relationships with her patients, in order to provide personalized care, tailored to meet each patient specific needs. She enjoys living in Central Florida and spending time with her family.


Susan Mathew, APRN-MSN

Board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 18 years of direct patient care experience. Follows Evidence based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation and intuition. Strong analytical skills, capable of assessing conditions and implementing appropriate intervention. Energetic and dedicated to delivering superior patient care in a timely manner. Adept at communicating organizational vision and ensuring goal achievement.