We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept PacifiCare POS near Walnut Creek, CA.

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

Dr. Sabina Ali is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ali include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. Ali takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Sindh Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali is accepting 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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Gleghorn's education and training includes medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Boston Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gleghorn takes. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Gleghorn (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Gleghorn is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Vivien Nguyen is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in San Ramon, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Nguyen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. 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. Paul Harmatz specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Harmatz studied medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for his residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Harmatz welcomes 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.
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