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We found 40 gastroenterologists who accept Health Net near San Diego, CA.

Dr. Tarek Ismail Hassanein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
230 Prospect Place; Suite 220
Coronado, 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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Clinical 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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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

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

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Pratha is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Pratha (or staff) speaks Telugu, French, and Hindi. Dr. Pratha's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She is professionally affiliated with 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 honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1855 1st Avenue
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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Clinical 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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Clinical 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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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids, General Care

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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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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'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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Clinical 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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Clinical 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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Clinical 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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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
200 West Arbor Drive 8413
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Gish works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Gish's clinical interests include telemedicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, and more. Dr. Gish (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Gish is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System.

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Clinical interests: Telemedicine

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 W Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. William Sandborn's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sandborn is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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Dr. Michael Thomas Bennett, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2790 Truxtun Road; Suite 100
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Bennett practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. Before performing his residency at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Bennett attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Bennett's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bennett is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Bennett is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (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.