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We found 37 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Anthem Blue Cross 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 sees patients in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, pancreatic cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. He trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Reddy is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

Dr. Taddese Teferi Desta, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Taddese Desta is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. Dr. Desta is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He obtained his medical school training at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco. In addition to English, Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks Amharic and Somali. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Desta welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids, General Care

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

Dr. Joseph Reddy's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Reddy average 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Reddy has an open panel. He studied medicine at Guntur Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Reddy trained at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. He speaks Telugu.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

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

Dr. Ivan Cubas practices adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Cubas takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University and a graduate of Henry Ford Health System's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Cubas's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Alexander Shpaner is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Shpaner's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Shpaner include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shpaner's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Shpaner is conversant in Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, pancreatic cancer, malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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 works as a gastroenterologist. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). These areas are among Dr. Schaeffer's clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Hua has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Hua attended Heidelberg University for medical school. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hua is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

Dr. Jieyu Lowery, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jieyu Lowery works as a family practitioner in La Mesa, CA. These areas are among her clinical interests: abuse, cryotherapy, and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Lowery is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is accepting new patients. She attended medical school at Shanghai Second Medical University. Dr. Lowery's residency was performed at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. She speaks Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joseph Leonard is a family medicine physician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Leonard is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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
 

Dr. Leon Kelley is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kelley's areas of expertise include warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He obtained his medical school training at Meharry Medical College and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kelley welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

Dr. Majid Shahbaz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
8851 Center Drive; Suite 408
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Majid Shahbaz is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Shahbaz attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shahbaz completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His clinical interests include abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. Patient ratings for Dr. Shahbaz average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Shahbaz speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Tuberculosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tim Platon Gurtch, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4276 54th Place; Suite A
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tim Gurtch practices family medicine in San Diego, CA. He is a graduate of Omsk State Medical Academy. Dr. Gurtch's residency was performed at North Oakland Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: depression, women's health issues, and immigration issues. The average patient rating for Dr. Gurtch is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Management, Fibromyalgia, Preventive ... (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. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Hackett graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Corrie Tolerico Clay, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics
8881 Fletcher Parkway; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Corrie Clay is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: warts, recurrent infections, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Clay is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare. Her education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Headache, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Multiple Pregnancy, Down Syndrome, ... (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 is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Leonard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

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

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.