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We found 28 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Thomas graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Ananthram Pottipati Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ananthram Reddy is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Santee, CA, El Cajon, CA, and San Diego, CA. Dr. Reddy's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Reddy is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and residency at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Mahmoud Lajin practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lajin speaks Arabic. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Before performing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Lajin attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lajin welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Reddy's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Reddy at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Guntur Medical College. His medical residency was performed at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. Dr. Reddy speaks Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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
5119 Garfield Street
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rokay Kamyar is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kamyar takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kamyar is a graduate of Chiba University School of Medicine and a graduate of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center's residency program. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) speaks German and Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kamyar's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Alexander Shpaner is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shpaner include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Shpaner is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In addition to English, Dr. Shpaner speaks Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schaeffer honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. She studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for her residency. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schaeffer's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Meng Hua practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. Dr. Hua's clinical interests include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hua attended Heidelberg University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. She has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hua is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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 works as a gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Banaie completed a residency program at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. Clinical interests for Dr. Banaie include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Banaie speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Joseph Francis Leonard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Leonard specializes in family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Leonard's areas of expertise include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leonard takes. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Leonard completed his residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Leonard is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Leon R Kelley, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics
292 Euclid Avenue; 220
San Diego, CA
 

Patients rated Dr. Leon Kelley highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelley include warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Kelley is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. In addition to English, Dr. Kelley speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Headache, Type 1 Diabetes, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura A Hackett, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Laura Hackett is a family medicine practitioner. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Hackett's clinical interests: warts, menopause, and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Hackett is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eva Pei-Srbich Leonard, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Eva Leonard's specialty is general internal medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard is not accepting new patients at this time. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Leonard speaks Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brij Gupta, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
10158 Buena Vista Avenue
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Brij Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and a graduate of Coney Island Hospital's residency program. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Gupta's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Prachi Avinash Karnik, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
1240 Broadway Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Prachi Karnik attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Karnik's areas of expertise include the following: warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Erectile Dysfunction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Ellen Levine, MD, DO
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
5290 Baltimore Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ellyn Levine is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Levine's areas of expertise include the following: warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levine takes. Before performing her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Levine attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Levine is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Men's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.