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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. After attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Thomas's clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's professional 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Reddy attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks Amharic and Somali. He has a special interest in pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. Dr. Desta is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Desta's education and training includes medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting 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 practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA and El Cajon, CA. Dr. Reddy speaks Telugu. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of Guntur Medical College. His training includes a residency program at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy accepts. Dr. Reddy 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Health System, Dr. Cubas attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer, who practices in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schaeffer's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Schaeffer is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hua include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She attended Heidelberg University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Hua a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Alexander Shpaner specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shpaner takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is conversant in Russian. Dr. Shpaner is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Leon Kelley's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Kelley takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Meharry Medical College and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kelley has an open panel.

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

Dr. Tim Gurtch specializes in family medicine and practices in San Diego, CA. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, women's health issues, and immigration issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gurtch honors. After completing medical school at Omsk State Medical Academy, he performed his residency at North Oakland Medical Center. He speaks Russian. Dr. Gurtch 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. Jieyu Lowery, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jieyu Lowery practices family medicine. Her areas of expertise include abuse, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Lowery is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Lowery attended Shanghai Second Medical University and then went on to complete her residency 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's specialty is family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard has a closed panel.

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

Clinical interests for Dr. Corrie Clay include warts, recurrent infections, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She 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, Dr. Clay speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare. Her practice is open to 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. Majid Shahbaz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
8851 Center Drive; Suite 408
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Majid Shahbaz works as a general internist and geriatrician in La Mesa, CA. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shahbaz include abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has an open panel. Dr. Shahbaz graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Shahbaz's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. He speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Yousuke Takashi Horikawa, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Yousuke Horikawa works as a pediatrician. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Areas of expertise for Dr. Horikawa include warts, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and parenting issues. Dr. Horikawa is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Horikawa is conversant in Japanese. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Headache, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Multiple Pregnancy, Allergies, Preventive Care, Behavior ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeanne E Montal, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jeanne Montal's areas of expertise include the following: warts, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and enuresis (bed wetting). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Montal obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Headache, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Circumcision, Preventive Care, Acid ... (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.