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We found 39 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near National City, CA.

Dr. Tarek Ismail Hassanein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
256 Landis Avenue; Suite 204
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Tarek Hassanein's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hassanein include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Patients gave Dr. Hassanein an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hassanein honors. He graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and German. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hassanein has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

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

Dr. Suja Dubois is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Dubois's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dubois honors. She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Dubois welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Dr. Errol Richard Korn, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
752 Medical Center Court; Suite 200
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Errol Korn works as a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Korn include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Korn honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Korn graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gregory Wiener specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Chula Vista, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Wiener attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wiener include colon polypectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Wiener speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, heartburn, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All 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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Thomas trained at Mayo Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas honors. Dr. Thomas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, pancreatic cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

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

Dr. Erick Alayo is an adult gastroenterologist in Chula Vista, CA. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Alayo's areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alayo accepts. Dr. Alayo is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Alayo has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, pancreatic cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

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

Dr. Taddese Desta, who practices in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks Amharic and Somali. These areas are among Dr. Desta's clinical interests: pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Before completing his residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, Dr. Desta attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desta accepts. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids, General Care

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

Dr. Mark Johnson works as a gastroenterologist. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Johnson is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Johnson completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). The average patient rating for Dr. Johnson is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

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

Dr. Ivan Cubas is an adult gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Clinical interests for Dr. Cubas include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Cubas is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Health System for residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cubas's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. John Duque is a Chula Vista, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Duque include ulcers, general care, and liver disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Duque accepts. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Duque speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

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

Dr. Kishore Gaddipati's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise 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. Before performing his residency at Carilion Clinic, Dr. Gaddipati attended NTR University of Health Sciences, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Siddhartha Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) speaks Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi. Dr. Gaddipati's professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Motility Disorders

Dr. Sally Stipho, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sally Stipho specializes in adult gastroenterology. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Stipho is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at The University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, she performed her residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Stipho is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Robert Epsten's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Epsten's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Epsten honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Epsten is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Dr. Kevin Scott Haynes, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Haynes is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital, Dr. Haynes attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Haynes accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schaeffer include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schaeffer honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Schaeffer attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Schaeffer trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

Dr. Andrew B Cummins, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Cummins sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Cummins include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cummins attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Cummins speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.