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 sees patients in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Thomas attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Thomas completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Thomas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Ananthram Reddy is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Reddy's areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Michael Lajin, who practices in La Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lajin include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Lajin attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lajin speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Rokay Kamyar is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and Japanese. Clinical interests for Dr. Kamyar include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After attending Chiba University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kamyar honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kamyar has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Schaeffer's clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. She attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Schaeffer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Meng Hua specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hua include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Hua takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Heidelberg University for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is open to 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Banaie include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark, Dr. Banaie attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Banaie has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Persian.

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

Dr. Alexander Shpaner works as a gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shpaner 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, Dr. Shpaner speaks Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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

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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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