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We found 38 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 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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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. 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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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 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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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. 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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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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Korn average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Korn's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Korn has an open panel. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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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. 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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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 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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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)

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

All 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Motility Disorders

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer, who practices in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schaeffer's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Schaeffer is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Sally Stipho is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Stipho is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Dr. Stipho attended The University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Dr. Sergio Rene Flores, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1224 10th Street; Suite 205
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Sergio Flores is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA and Coronado, CA. His areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Flores takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Flores is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting 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)

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

Dr. Andrew Cummins specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Cummins honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cummins's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at California Pacific Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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.