We found 23 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near San Diego, CA.

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Dr. Suja Devi Savarirayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Suja Dubois practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Dubois performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Patient ratings for Dr. Dubois average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Dubois has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Dubois is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Pratha specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Pratha average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pratha's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Pratha attended Andhra Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Pratha (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, French, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pratha's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Kishore Venkatasiva Gaddipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kishore Gaddipati's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gaddipati's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and motility disorders. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at NTR University of Health Sciences, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Siddhartha Medical College, he performed his residency at Carilion Clinic. Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) speaks Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi.

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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 a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Epsten has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Epsten attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Epsten speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Taddese Desta's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Desta focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Dr. Desta completed his residency training at St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Amharic and Somali. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Desta welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Sally Stipho is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Stipho's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She attended medical school at The University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Stipho's residency was performed at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Gregory J 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. He graduated from CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Wiener's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Wiener takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas practices adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. In Dr. Thomas's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Thomas's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
502 So Euclid Avenue; Suite 205
National City, CA
 

Dr. Iman Mikhail is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mikhail include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Mikhail honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Mikhail (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Erick Alayo is a Chula Vista, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Alayo include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alayo honors. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Alayo is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Andrew Cummins practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. Dr. Cummins's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. 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, Dr. Cummins speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Tarek I Hassanein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
230 Prospect Place; Suite 220
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Tarek Hassanein works as an adult gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist. Dr. Hassanein's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and general care. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and German. Dr. Hassanein is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Hassanein is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, General Care

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer works as a gastroenterologist. 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 has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Schaeffer is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Ivan Cubas practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cubas accepts. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Health System, Dr. Cubas attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Cubas is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Julio A Gutierrez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
230 Prospect Place; Suite 220
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Julio Gutierrez is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Dr. Gutierrez (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Gutierrez is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and hepatobiliary disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and the University Health System. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Gutierrez completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gutierrez accepts. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other, Internal Medicine
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Ensley specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). Her clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ensley is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center San Diego's residency program. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Ensley's practice is open to new patients.

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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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