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 sees patients in Chula Vista, CA, San Clemente, CA, and Coronado, CA. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Hassanein's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and general care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Hassanein graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and German. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Hassanein's practice is open to new patients.

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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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Thomas is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Thomas's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Errol Korn is a Chula Vista, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Korn is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center San Diego's residency program. Dr. Korn's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Korn has an open panel.

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

Dr. Erick Alayo works as an adult gastroenterologist in Chula Vista, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Alayo is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Alayo attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. His training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Johnson is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Johnson average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Johnson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. Dr. Johnson speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer practices adult gastroenterology. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Schaeffer takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schaeffer welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Schaeffer attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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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 gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Flores attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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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