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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ali takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Dr. Ali is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ali's office for an appointment.

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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' area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Berjis is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of New York Hospital Queens' residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Berjis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Berjis has an open panel.

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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's medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). His areas of expertise include 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 a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital's residency program. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Silpa honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Mark Kogan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Kogan attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kogan is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kogan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He has an open panel.

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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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in San Francisco, CA and Oakland, CA. Dr. Cohn graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Cohn completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Cohn has an open panel.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Narsinh has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Narsinh honors. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Narsinh graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at California Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Narsinh (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi.

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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.