Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD

GastroenterologyMaleAge 73

Gastroenterology

Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD is a Gastroenterology Specialist in San Diego, CA. Dr. Ritchken has extensive experience in Anal & Rectal Disorders. He is affiliated with medical facilities Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp Memorial Hospital. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD

Ritchken & First Md's

4282 Genesee Ave Ste 103 San Diego, CA 92117
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4.5

Based on 41 ratings

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Poor customer service
I'm an RN who was newly diagnosed with IBS and he practically threw me out of his office when I requested a note for intermittent leave. As a fellow healthcare professional, I was truly shocked and appalled by his behavior.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
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Dennis Smith – Oct 05, 2022
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The Greatest Doctor on the planet
I have been seeing Dr. Ritchken for years, he shows 100% interest in You and what is health wise troubling You. Hard to find these days.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Bud – Sep 12, 2022
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The best doctor I've ever had! His bedside manner is amazing and he had me laughing several times. Dr Ritchken really took his time to talk to me and ask alot of questions related to my condition. He did a full physical exam and explained everything using charts and diagrams. He recommended furthur testing and I feel confident that he will correctly diagnose me and solve my stomach issues. Just an outstanding doctor who deserves every 5 star review he gets.
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Randall – Jun 05, 2019
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I am very impressed by Dr. Ritchken. He knew exactly what was wrong with me and asked all the right questions. He spent time with me and really showed compassion and knowledge. I see a lot of specialists and he is absolutely amazing!!
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May 25, 2019
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I am 25, younger patient of his. Very smart and helpfull any time you are in need of. Also a comedian..fortunate to have him as my dr.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Apr 27, 2018
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Very knowledgeable doctor. Really knows his stuff. Just brilliant!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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San Diego, CA – Feb 14, 2017
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Dr. Ritchken is very thorough and competent - he has a very good bed-side manner. I will go to him for my next colonoscopy.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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San Diego, CA – Feb 13, 2017
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Very thorough and driven to be focused to get to teh bottom of the condition. I was in good health within weeks after my first visit on a friend's recommendation. Too bad - I cannot have him as my PCP.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Praveen in San Diego, CA – Nov 09, 2016
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New patient. First visit was very positive experience. He was very thorough, personable, and put my mind at ease that I may finally get some answers.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Danielle in San Diego – Mar 17, 2016
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I called his office to make an appointment based on all the reviews, got voice mail, left a message. They left a message back. I returned the call, another voice mail. Over a day later I am still waiting to be called back. Oh, when I did not hear back by late afternoon, I called again this morning, another voice mail. He maybe a good doctor, If you can ever reach him.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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Rob S in San Diego, CA – Jan 28, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD is a Gastroenterology Specialist in San Diego, CA. Dr. Ritchken has extensive experience in Anal & Rectal Disorders. He is affiliated...Read more

Specialties

  • Gastroenterology

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

Education

Baylor College Of Med
Residency Hospital

Awards

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What are Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD's top areas of expertise?

Dr. Ritchken specializes in Anal & Rectal Disorders. See more on Healthgrades.

What conditions does Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD treat?

Dr. Ritchken frequently treats the following conditions: Gastritis, Reflux Esophagitis, and Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis. See more on Healthgrades.

What is Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD's office address?

Dr. Ritchken's office is located at 4282 Genesee Ave Ste 103, San Diego, CA 92117. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Is Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD affiliated with any hospitals?

Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Is Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD a board-certified professional?

Yes, Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD holds board certifications in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.

Does Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD receive good ratings from patients?

There is a star rating of 4.5/5 for Dr. Simon Ritchken, MD. Patients say that they trusted the provider's decisions and the provider explained conditions well. See all patient feedback on Healthgrades.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Ritchken

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Ritchken treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Ritchken treats other conditions, please contact the office at (858) 292-0108.

Anal & Rectal Disorders

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Hemorrhoids
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Dr. Ritchken's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Anoscopy
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diffuse Esophageal Spasm
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysphagia
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Enteritis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Gallbladder Scan
  • Gallstones
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis A Screening
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis B Virus Screening
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis C Virus Screening
  • Hepatitis Screening
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Impedance Testing
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Instrumental Diagnostic Evaluation for Dysphagia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Liver Function Test
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • pH Probe
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Screening Colonoscopy
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ultrasound, Endoanal
  • Ultrasound, Esophageal
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • VAP Lipid Testing
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders
  • Wireless pH Testing

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Dr. Ritchken accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Anthem
Advantage-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
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Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
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Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
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Ritchken & First Md's4282 Genesee Ave Ste 103 San Diego, CA 92117
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