We found 8 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Anthem Blue Cross EPO near La Mesa, CA.

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

Dr. Carlton Thomas is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Thomas trained at Mayo Clinic. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas has an open panel.

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

Dr. Ananthram Reddy's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Reddy obtained his medical school training at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and performed his residency at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Dr. Reddy is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Michael Lajin specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Lajin accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Lajin attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Lajin speaks Arabic.

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Dr. Rokay G Kamyar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5119 Garfield Street
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rokay Kamyar is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) is conversant in German and Japanese. Clinical interests for Dr. Kamyar include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Kamyar is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After attending Chiba University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kamyar honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kamyar welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Meng Hua is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. After attending Heidelberg University for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Hua's areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Her average rating from her patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and German. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer sees patients in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Schaeffer attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schaeffer has an open panel.

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

Dr. Alexander Shpaner is an adult gastroenterology specialist in San Diego, CA. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shpaner honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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, he speaks Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Shpaner welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Ali Banaie's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Banaie's clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Banaie's training includes a residency program at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Persian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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