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

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

Dr. Jennifer Burgis' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Burgis attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. In her practice, Dr. Burgis focuses on hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and transplant procedures. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Dr. Burgis is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Sabina Ali is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ali include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. Ali has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Ali honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Ann Yeh's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Yeh takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Yeh (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Dr. Yeh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Judy Fuentebella specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Fuentebella (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Fuentebella's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Ricardo Castillo specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Palo Alto, CA and San Francisco, CA. His professional affiliations include California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Dr. Castillo graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Kenneth Cox specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Cox is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Cox attended the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Wild is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more.

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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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