We found 6 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Berkeley, CA.

Dr. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Sabina Ali is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ali include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. Ali takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Sindh Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Colitis, Hydrogen Breath Test, Failure to Thrive, ... (Read more)

Dr. Faraz Frank Berjis, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
2999 Regent Street; Suite 425
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Faraz Berjis' specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). In his practice, Dr. Berjis focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at New York Hospital Queens. In addition to English, Dr. Berjis speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Berjis welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Paracentesis, Manometry, Colitis, Esophageal Manometry, Hydrogen Breath Test, Gallstones, Fecal ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Leland Silpa, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
2999 Regent Street; Suite 425
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Michael Silpa is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Silpa's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Silpa is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital.

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All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Hydrogen Breath Test, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2999 Regent Street; Suite 201
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Mark Kogan is an adult gastroenterologist in San Pablo, CA and Berkeley, CA. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Kogan obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Chest Pain, Colitis, Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Susie W Cohn, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
300 Frank Ogawa Plaza; Suite 450
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Susie Cohn sees patients in San Francisco, CA and Oakland, CA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cohn include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Cohn has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohn takes. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Esophagus ... (Read more)

Dr. Kiran Fatima Narsinh, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
2999 Regent Street; Suite 201
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Kiran Narsinh is a physician who specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). After attending Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Narsinh completed her residency training at California Hospital Medical Center. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Narsinh (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Narsinh is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hydrogen Breath Test, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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