We found 7 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Chula Vista, CA.

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Dr. Tarek Ismail Hassanein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
340 4th Avenue; Suite 10
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Tarek Hassanein, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, San Clemente, CA, and Coronado, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Hassanein is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Hassanein attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and German.

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All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1040 Tierra Del Rey; Suite 107
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Thomas's areas of expertise include the following: colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas is open to new patients.

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Dr. Errol Richard Korn, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
752 Medical Center Court; Suite 200
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Errol Korn is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Korn's clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. On average, patients gave Dr. Korn a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Mark Yarwood Johnson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
480 4th Avenue; Suite 506
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Johnson average 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Johnson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Johnson is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for his residency. Dr. Johnson speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Erick Humberto Alayo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353a Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Erick Alayo's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending Cayetano Heredia University for medical school, Dr. Alayo completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Alayo's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
754 Medical Center Court; Suite 101
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schaeffer studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Schaeffer has an open panel.

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Dr. Sergio Rene Flores, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1224 10th Street; Suite 205
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Sergio Flores is an adult gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA and Coronado, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Flores is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Flores is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (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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