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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 education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Grant's clinical interests encompass endoscopy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Grant has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic 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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Orange, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Corona, CA. Dr. Younes (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Younes is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, MemorialCare Health System, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). His education and training includes medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Maimonides Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Semmelweis University. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Chogle's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, the University of Mumbai, and Topiwala National Medical College. Dr. Chogle completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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.

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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 physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Katz has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He 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. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Katz has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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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 medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Patel has a special interest in eosinophilic esophagitis. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for residency. 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: Eosinophilic Esophagitis

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

Dr. Shaheen Idries, who practices in Orange, CA, Corona, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Idries is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California and Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Idries (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Ho sees patients in Newport Beach, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Orange, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ho's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He is conversant in Mandarin. 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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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.