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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 specializes in pediatric endocrinology and practices in La Mesa, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Hart average 5.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include growth problems. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Hart's practice is open to new patients.

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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 medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chu include diabetes, osteoporosis, and pituitary tumor. Patient reviews placed Dr. Chu at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Chu trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency. She is conversant in Telugu. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Rommel Navarrete works as an endocrinologist in La Mesa, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Navarrete attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Navarrete has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Raymond Fink, who practices in La Mesa, CA and La Jolla, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Fink graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jewish General Hospital. He is especially interested in diabetes, general care, and metabolism. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fink has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew. Dr. Fink is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Deborah Oh's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Oh is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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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.