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We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Health Net 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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Thomas trained at Mayo Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas honors. Dr. Thomas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. Joseph Reddy is a gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Reddy accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Guntur Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. In addition to English, Dr. Reddy speaks Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His 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)

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

Dr. Ananthram Reddy is a gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Reddy graduated from Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and then he performed his 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, who practices in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks Amharic and Somali. These areas are among Dr. Desta's clinical interests: pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desta accepts. 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

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

Dr. Ivan Cubas is an adult gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Clinical interests for Dr. Cubas include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Cubas is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Health System for residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cubas's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Mahmoud Lajin's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Lajin's areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Lajin is an in-network provider for 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: , diverticular disease, heartburn, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schaeffer include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schaeffer honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Schaeffer attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Schaeffer trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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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)

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahbaz include abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. Dr. Shahbaz's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shahbaz takes. 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. Dr. Shahbaz speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. 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. Tim Platon Gurtch, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4276 54th Place; Suite A
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tim Gurtch practices family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Gurtch speaks Russian. Clinical interests for Dr. Gurtch include depression, women's health issues, and immigration issues. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After attending Omsk State Medical Academy for medical school, he completed his residency training at North Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Gurtch has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Management, Fibromyalgia, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Reema R Batra, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
5555 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Reema Batra is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Batra (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and hodgkin's lymphoma. Dr. Batra is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, she performed her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Batra is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Pancreatic Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Corrie Clay's areas of expertise include the following: warts, recurrent infections, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Clay's hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is accepting new patients. 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). 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. Tue Thi Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4551 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tue Nguyen's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include depression, asthma, and women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school, Dr. Nguyen completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). She is conversant in Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Chronic Pain Management, Preventive Care, Back Problems, Immigration Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roy Cass Springer, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6280 Jackson Drive; Suite 8
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Roy Springer practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Springer include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Springer is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Springer is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Springer 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, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Chronic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
255 W. Washington Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Terry Winegar is a family medicine practitioner in El Cajon, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Hmong. These areas are among his clinical interests: cryotherapy, depression, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Winegar is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Winegar studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Winegar is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

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Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Austin Drive; Suite 101
Spring Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bryan Fox specializes in family medicine. Dr. Fox's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and physical disabilities. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Fox is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at St. Anthony Central Hospital, Denver, Dr. Fox attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

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Specializes in Family Medicine
8875 La Mesa Boulevard; Suite C
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. G. Gibson is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Gibson include cryotherapy, depression, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Gibson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gibson's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Headache, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Preventive Care, Back ... (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.