We found 38 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near National City, CA.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
256 Landis Avenue; Suite 204
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Tarek Hassanein, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, San Clemente, CA, and Coronado, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Hassanein is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Hassanein attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and German.

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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)

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

Dr. Carlton Thomas specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Thomas's areas of expertise include the following: colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas is open to new patients.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Suja Dubois' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Dubois's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dubois has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353 Church Avenue; # A
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Wiener's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wiener include colon polypectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Wiener takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Wiener is accepting 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
752 Medical Center Court; Suite 200
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Errol Korn is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Korn's clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. On average, patients gave Dr. Korn a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Taddese Desta is a gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Desta include pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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. Dr. Desta (or staff) is conversant in Amharic and Somali. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Desta is open to 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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
480 4th Avenue; Suite 506
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Johnson average 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Johnson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Johnson is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for his residency. Dr. Johnson speaks Spanish.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353a Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Erick Alayo's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending Cayetano Heredia University for medical school, Dr. Alayo completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Alayo's office for an appointment.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
480 4th Avenue; Suite 316
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. John Duque's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Duque trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. These areas are among Dr. Duque's clinical interests: ulcers, general care, and liver disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Duque's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kishore Gaddipati is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and motility disorders. Dr. Gaddipati's professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Before completing his residency at Carilion Clinic, 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. Dr. Gaddipati accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Motility Disorders

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Epsten practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Epsten is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Epsten accepts. Unfortunately, Dr. Epsten is not accepting new patients at this time. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Epsten has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Ivan Cubas is an adult gastroenterologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include 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. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, Dr. Cubas performed his residency at Henry Ford Health System. In addition to English, Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sally Stipho is an adult gastroenterology specialist in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stipho include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Stipho's education and training includes medical school at The University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stipho is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schaeffer studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Schaeffer has an open panel.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1224 10th Street; Suite 205
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Sergio Flores is an adult gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA and Coronado, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Flores is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Flores is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Cummins is an adult gastroenterology specialist in San Diego, CA. In Dr. Cummins's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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.

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