We found 7 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Blue Shield near Mission Viejo, CA.

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Dr. Kenneth E Grant, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
24451 Health Center Drive
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Grant specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Murrieta, CA, Orange, CA, and Long Beach, CA. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Grant include endoscopy. Dr. Grant's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grant takes. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, Dr. Grant completed his residency training at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Dr. Bassam S Younes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
26691 Plaza; Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Bassam Younes, who practices in Orange, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Corona, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Younes attended medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Maimonides Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Semmelweis University. He has received the distinction of Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. Dr. Younes (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, MemorialCare Health System, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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Dr. Mitchell Haven Katz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
24451 Health Center Drive
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Mitchell Katz is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Katz honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Katz include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Ashish Sharad Chogle, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
26691 Plaza; Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Ashish Chogle works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Chogle has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Chogle attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, the University of Mumbai, and Topiwala National Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. He has received distinctions including NASPGHAN Young Faculty Clinical Investigator Award; NASPGHAN Neurogastroenterology & Motility Committee; and SUNY Downstate Medical Center NY- Resident Research Award. Dr. Chogle (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Achalasia, Chronic Constipation, Gastroparesis, Vomiting, Swallowing ... (Read more)

Dr. Anup Jayant Patel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
26691 Plaza; Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Anup Patel's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Patel has indicated that his clinical interests include eosinophilic esophagitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. He attended Albany Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Dr. Shaheen I Idries, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
26691 Plaza; Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Shaheen Idries' specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Idries is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California and Winthrop University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Idries (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Dr. Jeffrey H Ho, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
27700 Medical Center Road
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Ho specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Ho trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for his residency. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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