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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Murrieta, CA, Orange, CA, and Long Beach, CA. His areas of expertise include endoscopy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Grant at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grant accepts. He graduated from Albany Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Grant has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Grant's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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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 gastroenterologist. Dr. Younes (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Arabic, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, MemorialCare Health System, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). After completing medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Younes performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Semmelweis University. Dr. Younes accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. He has received professional recognition including the following: Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence.

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

Dr. Ashish Chogle sees patients in Orange, CA, Mission Viejo, CA, and Corona, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, the University of Mumbai, and Topiwala National Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Chogle include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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. He is professionally affiliated with 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Katz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Katz trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. In Dr. Patel's practice, he is particularly interested in eosinophilic esophagitis. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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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 sees patients in Orange, CA, Corona, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, Dr. Idries performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California and Winthrop University Hospital. Her professional 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
26691 Plaza; Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Ho is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ho is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. Dr. Ho speaks Mandarin.

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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.