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We found 45 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Shield of California near Mountain View, CA.

Dr. Tarek Ismail Hassanein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
230 Prospect Place; Suite 220
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Tarek Hassanein sees patients in Chula Vista, CA, San Clemente, CA, and Coronado, CA. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. He is a graduate of Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Detroit Receiving Hospital's residency program. Dr. Hassanein's areas of expertise include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Hassanein average 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and German. Dr. Hassanein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory James Wiener, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353 Church Avenue; # A
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Wiener is a gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wiener include colon polypectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Wiener accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wiener speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. After attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Thomas's clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Suja Devi Savarirayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Suja Dubois is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Dubois's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dubois accepts. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Dubois attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Dubois is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Dr. Ananthram Pottipati Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ananthram Reddy's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Reddy attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Taddese Teferi Desta, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Taddese Desta's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks Amharic and Somali. He has a special interest in pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. Dr. Desta is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Desta's education and training includes medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids, General Care

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Third Avenue; Suite 304
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Pratha is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Pratha (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, French, and Hindi. Her areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Pratha's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Pratha attended medical school at Andhra Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Pratha is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Dr. Mark Yarwood Johnson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
480 4th Avenue; Suite 506
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson is a gastroenterologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnson include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Johnson's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Reddy practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA and El Cajon, CA. Dr. Reddy speaks Telugu. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of Guntur Medical College. His training includes a residency program at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy accepts. Dr. Reddy is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Erick Humberto Alayo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353a Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Erick Alayo, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Alayo completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alayo include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Alayo is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. John Jairo Duque, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
480 4th Avenue; Suite 316
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. John Duque is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Chula Vista, CA. His clinical interests include ulcers, general care, and liver disease. Dr. Duque is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Duque is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Duque's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Iman Ibrahim Mikhail, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
502 So Euclid Avenue; Suite 205
National City, CA
 

Dr. Iman Mikhail's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Mikhail accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Before completing his residency at Prince George's Hospital Center, Dr. Mikhail attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mikhail (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Filipino, and Arabic. Dr. Mikhail is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Marvin Epsten Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Epsten works as a gastroenterologist. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Epsten include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Epsten is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Epsten completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ivan Cubas works as an adult gastroenterologist. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Health System, Dr. Cubas attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Dr. Kishore Venkatasiva Gaddipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kishore Gaddipati sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gaddipati include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and motility disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaddipati honors. Dr. Gaddipati attended medical school at NTR University of Health Sciences, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Siddhartha Medical College. His residency was performed at Carilion Clinic. Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi. Dr. Gaddipati is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Gaddipati is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Motility Disorders

Dr. Alexander Shpaner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Shpaner specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shpaner takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is conversant in Russian. Dr. Shpaner is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Polypectomy, Crohn's ... (Read more)

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.