We found 5 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Berkeley, CA.

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Dr. Faraz Frank Berjis, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
2999 Regent Street; Suite 425
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Faraz Berjis is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of New York Hospital Queens' residency program. Dr. Berjis's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient ratings for Dr. Berjis average 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berjis takes. Dr. Berjis speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Michael Leland Silpa, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
2999 Regent Street; Suite 425
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Michael Silpa sees patients in Berkeley, CA and Alameda, CA. His medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Silpa attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Silpa is rated highly by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Kiran Fatima Narsinh, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
2999 Regent Street; Suite 201
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Kiran Narsinh's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Narsinh's education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at California Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Narsinh (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Narsinh welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2999 Regent Street; Suite 201
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Mark Kogan is an adult gastroenterologist in Berkeley, CA and San Pablo, CA. Dr. Kogan studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kogan honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Susie W Cohn, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
300 Frank Ogawa Plaza; Suite 450
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Susie Cohn is an adult gastroenterology specialist. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cohn include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Cohn honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Cohn is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. She is open to new patients.

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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