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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' 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: , 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 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: , 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 works as a gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Before completing his residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, Dr. Desta attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Dr. Desta's clinical interests include pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desta takes. Dr. Desta (or staff) is conversant in Amharic and Somali. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 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: , 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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cubas's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Health System, Dr. Cubas attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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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 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: , 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 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: , 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 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: , 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's area of specialization is family medicine. She speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lowery's clinical interests include abuse, cryotherapy, and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Lowery's education and training includes medical school at Shanghai Second Medical University and residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She welcomes new patients.

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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 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: , 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
 

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: , 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 works as an internist and geriatrician in La Mesa, CA. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shahbaz include abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. Patient ratings for Dr. Shahbaz average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Shahbaz speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in family medicine. Dr. Gurtch's areas of expertise include the following: depression, women's health issues, and immigration issues. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gurtch takes. Before performing his residency at North Oakland Medical Center, Dr. Gurtch attended Omsk State Medical Academy for medical school. He speaks Russian. Dr. Gurtch is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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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. 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: , 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
 

Areas of expertise for Dr. Corrie Clay include warts, recurrent infections, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Clay is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Clay obtained her medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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'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: , 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.