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We found 73 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems 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 medical specialty is adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. He studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Hassanein's areas of expertise include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Hassanein's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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 is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in San Diego, CA. Dr. Dubois has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. 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. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dubois takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Dubois welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Gregory Wiener sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon polypectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Wiener accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Wiener attended CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, 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
1855 1st Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas sees patients in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice 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)

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

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Pratha is an adult gastroenterology specialist in San Diego, CA. Dr. Pratha (or staff) speaks Telugu, French, and Hindi. Dr. Pratha has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. After completing medical school at Andhra Medical College, Dr. Pratha performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. The average patient rating for Dr. Pratha is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, hepatitis, and general care. Dr. Desta is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He obtained his medical school training at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco. In addition to English, Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks Amharic and Somali. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Desta welcomes 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. Iman Ibrahim Mikhail, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
502 So Euclid Avenue; Suite 205
National City, CA
 

Dr. Iman Mikhail practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mikhail honors. Before performing his residency at Prince George's Hospital Center, Dr. Mikhail attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Mikhail (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Arabic. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mikhail's 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)

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

Dr. Ivan Cubas practices adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. Dr. Cubas takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University and a graduate of Henry Ford Health System's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Cubas's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Erick Alayo's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Alayo accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Alayo's hospital/clinic 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. Kishore Venkatasiva Gaddipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kishore Gaddipati is an adult gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and motility disorders. Dr. Gaddipati takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from NTR University of Health Sciences, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Siddhartha Medical College and then he performed his residency at Carilion Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) speaks Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Motility Disorders

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

Dr. Sally Stipho is an adult gastroenterology specialist. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Stipho attended medical school at The University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Stipho completed a residency program at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Stipho is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In Dr. Epsten's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and general care. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Patient reviews placed Dr. Epsten at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Unfortunately, Dr. Epsten is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, General Care

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer works as a gastroenterologist. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). These areas are among Dr. Schaeffer's clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. 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. Andrew B Cummins, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Cummins is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cummins's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cummins trained at California Pacific Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cummins is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Cummins is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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. Dr. Flores attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Flores welcomes 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)

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

Dr. Michael Bennett specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Bennett at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include ulcers, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bennett's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bennett completed a residency program at Kaiser Permanente. In addition to English, Dr. Bennett speaks Spanish.

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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)

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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.