We found 7 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Valley Health Plan HMO near San Francisco, CA.

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Dr. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 216
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Sabina Ali specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali takes. Her education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. In addition to English, 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. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Colitis, Hydrogen Breath Test, Failure to Thrive, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Clare Burgis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Burgis specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Burgis include hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and transplant procedures. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Dr. Burgis welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Ann Ming M Yeh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Ann Yeh is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Yeh is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Yeh obtained her medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Yeh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish.

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Dr. Judy Trota Fuentebella, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3700 California Street; #1560
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Judy Fuentebella sees patients in Stanford, CA and San Francisco, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Fuentebella attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Fuentebella (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fuentebella's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Kenneth Lee Cox, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 216
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Cox specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in San Francisco, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and Los Gatos, CA. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cox attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Ricardo O Castillo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Ricardo Castillo is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Castillo is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Castillo attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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Dr. Yvette Kimberly Wild, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
550 16th Street; 5th Floor; Box 0136
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Yvette Wild is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in San Francisco, CA. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Dr. Wild graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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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.
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