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We found 6 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Aetna near Oakland, CA.

Dr. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Sabina Ali's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali attended Sindh Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for residency. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Elizabeth Ellen Gleghorn, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gleghorn specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Oakland, CA, San Ramon, CA, and San Francisco, CA. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. After completing medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, Dr. Gleghorn performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Boston Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Gleghorn (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Gleghorn's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Yvette Kimberly Wild, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
6121 Hollis Street; Suite 2
Emeryville, CA
 

Dr. Yvette Wild's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Wild is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Dr. Joanna Yeh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Joanna Yeh sees patients in Oakland, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Yeh is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Dr. Yeh is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Vivien Nguyen sees patients in San Ramon, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Nguyen completed residency programs at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nguyen's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Paul R Harmatz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Paul Harmatz is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Harmatz is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is accepting new patients. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency.

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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.