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We found 5 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept PacifiCare POS near Walnut Creek, CA.

Dr. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
106 La Casa Viaduct; #100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Sabina Ali's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Ali a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali 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. Elizabeth Ellen Gleghorn, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gleghorn specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Oakland, CA, San Ramon, CA, and San Francisco, CA. Dr. Gleghorn is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Gleghorn has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Gleghorn (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Dr. Yvette Kimberly Wild, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Yvette Wild's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Wild graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Wild completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Vivien Nguyen practices pediatric gastroenterology in San Ramon, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. Before completing her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Nguyen is open to new patients.

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Dr. Paul R Harmatz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Paul Harmatz is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Harmatz honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Harmatz's practice is open to new patients.

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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.