We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Escondido, CA.

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
625 W. Citracado Parkway; Suite 100
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Xenia Hom is a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist in San Diego, CA and Escondido, CA. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. She obtained her medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hom (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. She is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego.

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Dr. Rebecca Naomi Cherry, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
625 W. Cirtracado Parkway; Suite 100
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Cherry is a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Encinitas, CA, Escondido, CA, and San Diego, CA. She attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cherry is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego.

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Dr. Lillian Jeong Choi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
625 W. Citracado Avenue; Suite 100
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Lillian Choi's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). She practices in Escondido, CA and San Diego, CA. She is conversant in Korean. She is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. Dr. Choi obtained her medical school training at the University of Washington School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Choi honors.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
625 W. Citracado Avenue; Suite 100
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Mary Abigail Garcia sees patients in Escondido, CA, Murrieta, CA, and San Diego, CA. Her medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). She is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garcia honors.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
488 E Valley Parkway; Suite 313
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Feldman practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Feldman attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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