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Dr. Tarek Ismail Hassanein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
230 Prospect Place; Suite 220
Coronado, 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Hassanein's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and general care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Hassanein graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and German. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Hassanein's practice is open to 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, 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, who practices in San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Dubois's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Dubois has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Dubois's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1855 1st Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Thomas is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Thomas's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Gregory Wiener's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wiener accepts. After attending CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Wiener speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to 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
3330 Third Avenue; Suite 304
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Pratha's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Pratha's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Pratha graduated from Andhra Medical College. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Pratha (or staff) speaks Telugu, French, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Pratha welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Taddese Desta's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Desta is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Desta obtained his medical school training at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks Amharic and Somali.

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

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

Dr. Iman Ibrahim Mikhail, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
502 So Euclid Avenue; Suite 205
National City, CA
 

Dr. Iman Mikhail is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mikhail include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Mikhail is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mikhail (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Erick Alayo works as an adult gastroenterologist in Chula Vista, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Alayo is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Alayo attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. His training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ivan Cubas' specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Cubas is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Cubas has an open panel. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University and a graduate of Henry Ford Health System's residency program. Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Sally Stipho works as an adult gastroenterologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Stipho is a graduate of The University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and a graduate of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island's residency program. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stipho honors. Her practice 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, who practices in San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and motility disorders. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is a graduate of NTR University of Health Sciences, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Siddhartha Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Carilion Clinic. Dr. Gaddipati takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Motility Disorders

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

Dr. Robert Epsten is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Epsten is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Epsten attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Epsten average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Epsten has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Schaeffer takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schaeffer welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Schaeffer attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Sergio Flores is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Flores attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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)

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

Dr. Michael Bennett practices adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bennett honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan.

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

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

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

Dr. Andrew Cummins practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Cummins is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Cummins takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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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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