We found 5 endocrinologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Carol Sands Sands Hart, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA

Dr. Carol Hart is a pediatric endocrinologist in La Mesa, CA. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Dr. Hart is rated highly by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. Her professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp Rees-Stealy.

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Clinical interests: Growth Problems

Dr. Neelima Vemuganti Chu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA

Dr. Neelima Chu's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. She studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chu takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Pituitary Tumor

Dr. Raymond I Fink, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8851 Center Drive; Suite 404
La Mesa, CA

Dr. Raymond Fink specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in La Mesa, CA and La Jolla, CA. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, general care, and metabolism. Dr. Fink's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Jewish General Hospital. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Fink is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Fink is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, General Care

Dr. Rommel Rojas Navarrete, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5111 Garfield Street; Suite A
La Mesa, CA

Dr. Rommel Navarrete works as an adult endocrinologist. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Navarrete takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan.

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Dr. Deborah Kyung Oh, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA

Dr. Deborah Oh is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Oh is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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What is Endocrinology?

Endocrinology is a medical specialty that deals with glands and hormones. Hormones are substances that act like chemical messengers between parts of the body. They are produced by glands, and travel in the bloodstream throughout the body where they act on different organs and cells to affect many different functions of life. Hormones control our appetite, growth, reproduction, and energy. When there is too little or too much of a hormone, an endocrinologist can help restore the balance.

Endocrinology problems are sometimes difficult and complex because hormones travel throughout the body and can affect more than one system. A single, simple imbalance can produce multiple, very different symptoms. Just a few of the diverse diseases treated by an endocrinologist include:
  • Diabetes (where insulin is not produced in the body or is not working well, and blood sugar levels rise, which damages tissues)
  • Hypothyroidism (where thyroid hormones are not produced well, reducing cell metabolism and energy)
  • Precocious Puberty (where reproductive hormones are produced too early in a child’s life)
  • Gigantism (where growth hormones are overproduced, leading to unusual size)

Endocrinology can contain subspecialties where physicians focus their care on specific groups of patients. For example, some endocrinologists are diabetic endocrinologists who know specifically how to care for diabetics’ particular needs in eye care, circulation, and foot care. Pediatric endocrinologists treat children. Whatever their subspecialty, all endocrinologists have the same goal: restoring balance when the body’s messaging system is not working correctly.
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