We found 37 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Anthem Blue Cross HMO 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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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 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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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. Dr. Desta (or staff) is conversant in Amharic and Somali. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. Dr. Desta is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Desta attended Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco for residency. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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

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

Dr. Joseph Reddy is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of Guntur Medical College. His residency was performed at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reddy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Reddy's practice is open to 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)

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

Dr. Ivan Cubas is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Cubas's areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cubas takes. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Cubas is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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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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)

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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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 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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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 speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Kelley's professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Kelley trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 works as a family medicine practitioner in San Diego, CA. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Gurtch's clinical interests: depression, women's health issues, and immigration issues. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gurtch attended medical school at Omsk State Medical Academy. His training includes a residency program at North Oakland Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lowery include abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. Dr. Lowery is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. After completing medical school at Shanghai Second Medical University, Dr. Lowery performed her residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, 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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Leonard's clinical interests: warts, depression, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has a closed panel. He 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. Dr. Leonard speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, 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
 

Dr. Corrie Clay's clinical interests include warts, recurrent infections, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Clay takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Clay's 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 practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in La Mesa, CA. He speaks Persian. These areas are among his clinical interests: abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. Dr. Shahbaz is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Shahbaz obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shahbaz's 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. Laura A Hackett, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Laura Hackett is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. Dr. Hackett accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Yousuke Horikawa's area of specialization is general pediatrics. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His areas of expertise include the following: warts, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and parenting issues. Dr. Horikawa honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Horikawa speaks Japanese. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He welcomes 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)

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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.

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