We found 41 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Shield of California near Mountain View, CA.

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Dr. Suja Devi Savarirayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Suja Dubois is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Dubois's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dubois has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

Dr. Robert Marvin Epsten Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Epsten's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Epsten focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Patients rated Dr. Epsten highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Epsten has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

Dr. Kishore Venkatasiva Gaddipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kishore Gaddipati's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Gaddipati focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and motility disorders. Dr. Gaddipati is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gaddipati's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Carilion Clinic, Dr. Gaddipati attended NTR University of Health Sciences, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Siddhartha Medical College for medical school. Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) speaks Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Motility Disorders

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Third Avenue; Suite 304
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Pratha is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Pratha (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, French, and Hindi. Her clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. Dr. Pratha is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for her residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Pratha is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

Dr. Taddese Teferi Desta, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Taddese Desta practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Desta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic and Somali. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He attended Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Mary's Hospital for residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Desta has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Thomas welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Mark Yarwood Johnson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
480 4th Avenue; Suite 506
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson is a gastroenterologist in Chula Vista, CA. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Johnson has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Johnson is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Erick Humberto Chinga Alayo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353a Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Erick Alayo is an adult gastroenterologist in Chula Vista, CA. He studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. His training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Alayo's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Alayo is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
502 So Euclid Avenue; Suite 205
National City, CA
 

Dr. Iman Mikhail, who practices in National City, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mikhail include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Mikhail studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mikhail (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Mikhail's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Schaeffer studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Schaeffer trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for her residency. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Sally Stipho, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sally Stipho is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. In Dr. Stipho's practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at The University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Stipho accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

Dr. Gregory J Wiener, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353 Church Avenue; # A
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Wiener practices adult gastroenterology in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Wiener is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Wiener focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. After attending CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wiener honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

Dr. Jae Hong Kim, MD, PhD
Specializes in Nutrition, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Neonatology
200 W Arbor Drive; Mpf 1-140
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jae Kim is a specialist in nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, and hepatology (liver disease). He is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kim performed his residency at The Hospital for Sick Children.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ivan Cubas practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cubas's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Health System for residency. Dr. Cubas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hospital Medicine
435 H Street
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Iliriana Ciraku is an adult gastroenterology and hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: internal medicine and hospital care. Dr. Ciraku honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Tirana Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Jersey City Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ciraku (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Romanian, and Albanian. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Ciraku is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care, Internal Medicine

Dr. John J Duque, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
480 4th Avenue; Suite 316
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. John Duque specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Chula Vista, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Duque's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), internal medicine, and eye problems. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Duque is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine, Eye Problems

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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