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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Grant attended Albany Medical College for medical school. His clinical interests encompass endoscopy. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Grant include: Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. Dr. Grant speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Orange, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Corona, CA. Dr. Younes honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. Before completing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Semmelweis University, Dr. Younes attended medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. Dr. Younes (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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, who practices in Orange, CA, Mission Viejo, CA, and Corona, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Chogle is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chogle's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, the University of Mumbai, and Topiwala National Medical College and then went on to complete his residency 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 the following foreign languages: Marathi and Hindi.

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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 medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Katz attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Katz focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Katz has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. His 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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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Shaheen Idries practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Idries is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She studied medicine at Dow Medical College. She trained at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California and Winthrop University Hospital for residency. Dr. Idries (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Idries is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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

Dr. Anup Patel sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA, Orange, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include eosinophilic esophagitis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for residency. 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. Jeffrey H Ho, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
27700 Medical Center Road
Mission Viejo, CA
 

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

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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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