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

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. Dr. Grant is conversant in Spanish. He is especially interested in endoscopy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Before performing his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Grant attended Albany Medical College for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Grant average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Orange, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Corona, CA. Dr. Younes graduated from Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Younes completed residency programs at Maimonides Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Semmelweis University. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. He has received the following distinction: Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. Dr. Younes (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Younes's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, MemorialCare Health System, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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

Dr. Ashish Chogle specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Chogle's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, the University of Mumbai, and Topiwala National Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chogle include: NASPGHAN Young Faculty Clinical Investigator Award; NASPGHAN Neurogastroenterology & Motility Committee; and SUNY Downstate Medical Center NY- Resident Research Award. Dr. Chogle (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi. Dr. Chogle's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Mitchell Katz is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Newport Beach, CA. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Katz is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally 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. Anup Jayant Patel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
26691 Plaza; Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Anup Patel is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include eosinophilic esophagitis. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He graduated from Albany Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. His professional affiliations include 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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Orange, CA, Corona, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California and Winthrop University Hospital for residency. Dr. Idries is professionally affiliated with 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Ho is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Ho's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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.