We found 4 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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ali takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Dr. Ali is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ali's office for an appointment.

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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. Dr. Gleghorn honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Boston Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Gleghorn (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Vivien Nguyen's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen's training includes residency programs at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Nguyen's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Paul Harmatz's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Harmatz performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His 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 his office for an appointment.

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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.