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

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

Dr. Tarek Hassanein's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. He studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Hassanein's areas of expertise include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Hassanein's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and German. Dr. Hassanein is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His practice 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Korn attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Korn's clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Korn honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Carlton Thomas sees patients in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to 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 works as a gastroenterologist in Chula Vista, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnson attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Johnson is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Erick Alayo's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Alayo accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Alayo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer works as a gastroenterologist. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). These areas are among Dr. Schaeffer's clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Sergio Flores is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Flores attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Flores welcomes 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.