We found 50 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Anthem PPO near El Cajon, CA.

Dr. Ananthram Pottipati Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1625 E. Main Street; Suite 204
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Ananthram Reddy is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Reddy's areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Lajin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 330
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Michael Lajin, who practices in La Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lajin include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Lajin attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lajin speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1625 E. Main Street; Suite 204
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Reddy is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of Guntur Medical College. His residency was performed at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reddy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Reddy's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rokay G Kamyar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 330
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rokay Kamyar is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and Japanese. Clinical interests for Dr. Kamyar include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After attending Chiba University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kamyar honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kamyar has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Meng Hua specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hua include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Hua takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Heidelberg University for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Banaie, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 420
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ali Banaie is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Banaie include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark, Dr. Banaie attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Banaie has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

Dr. Alexander Shpaner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Shpaner works as a gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shpaner attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In addition to English, Dr. Shpaner speaks Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, pancreatic cancer, malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Polypectomy, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Eric Orr, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Building 1 Suite 221
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. C. Orr is a general surgery specialist in La Mesa, CA. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. Dr. Orr takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Orr is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Breast Issues, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Pilonidal Cyst, Hernia Surgery, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Geoffrey David Weinstein, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
5555 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Geoffrey Weinstein sees patients in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Weinstein is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and a graduate of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinstein include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), lung cancer, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Weinstein is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Sarcoma, Spine Tumor, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jieyu Lowery, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jieyu Lowery specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lowery include abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. Dr. Lowery is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. After completing medical school at Shanghai Second Medical University, Dr. Lowery performed her residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, Sports Health, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Francis Leonard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Leonard's specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Leonard's clinical interests: warts, depression, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has a closed panel. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Leonard speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Neck Pain, Colitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Corrie Tolerico Clay, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics
8881 Fletcher Parkway; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Corrie Clay's clinical interests include warts, recurrent infections, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Clay takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Clay's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Headache, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Multiple Pregnancy, Down Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert W Foster, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 1-105
La Mesa, CA
 

In addition to English, Dr. Robert Foster speaks Italian. These areas are among Dr. Foster's clinical interests: diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a graduate of VA Wadsworth Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Foster's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mathew S Isho, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
8851 Center Drive; Suite 501
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Mathew Isho's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Isho (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Isho include colon surgery, biopsy, and pilonidal cyst. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He studied medicine at Al-Nahrain University College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Carle Foundation Hospital. Dr. Isho's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Isho honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Pilonidal Cyst, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Biopsy, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Siavash Md Jabbari, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
5555 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Siavash Jabbari works as a radiation oncologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jabbari include bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and lung cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Jabbari attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Jabbari is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Superficial Radiation ... (Read more)

Dr. Majid Shahbaz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
8851 Center Drive; Suite 408
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Majid Shahbaz practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in La Mesa, CA. He speaks Persian. These areas are among his clinical interests: abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. Dr. Shahbaz is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Shahbaz obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shahbaz's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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