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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hassanein include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hassanein trained at Detroit Receiving Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Hassanein is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Korn include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Korn has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Thomas graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Johnson is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Johnson's clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Johnson's education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Alayo include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Alayo is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schaeffer honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. She studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for her residency. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schaeffer's 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 an adult gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA and Coronado, CA. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flores honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Flores attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Flores is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.