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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 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. He is a graduate of Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Detroit Receiving Hospital's residency program. Dr. Hassanein's areas of expertise include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Hassanein average 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. After attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Thomas's clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Korn average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Korn's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Korn has an open panel. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Mark Johnson is a gastroenterologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnson include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Johnson's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Erick Alayo, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Alayo completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alayo include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Alayo is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer, who practices in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schaeffer's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Schaeffer is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. He works in San Diego, CA and Coronado, CA. His areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Flores takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Flores is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting 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.