We found 23 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near San Diego, 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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All 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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All 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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All 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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All 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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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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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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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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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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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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All 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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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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Cummins practices adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. Before completing his residency at California Pacific Medical Center, Dr. Cummins attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cummins is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Tarek I Hassanein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
230 Prospect Place; Suite 220
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Tarek Hassanein is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Hassanein is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Hassanein's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Hassanein accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Hassanein (or staff) speaks Arabic and German.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Internal Medicine

Dr. Julio A Gutierrez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
230 Prospect Place; Suite 220
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Julio Gutierrez specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Areas of expertise for Dr. Gutierrez include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and hepatobiliary disorders. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gutierrez accepts. Dr. Gutierrez (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and the University Health System. Dr. Gutierrez is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in General Practice, Gastroenterology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 240
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Leonard Philo is a general practitioner and gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Philo include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Philo is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center San Diego's residency program. He has received the following distinction: AOA, Member. Dr. Philo is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Internal Medicine

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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