Rafael Cuellar, MD, Gastroenterology, Vista, CA, Scripps Memorial Hospital-Encinitas


Gastroenterology Vista, CA


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  • Dr. Rafael Cuellar is a gastroenterologist in Vista, CA and is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital-Encinitas. He received his specialty training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and has been in practice 37 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish. He is experienced in GERD, Gastric ulcer disease, colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, infrared coagulation of hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease, etc.

Skills & Expertise

  • Diverticulitis, Gastroesophageal reflux, Ulcerative colitis, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis C, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Alcoholic cirrhosis, Colonoscopy, Pancreatitis, Esophageal disease, Hiatal hernia, Esophageal dilation, Nutrition, Celiac disease, Colorectal cancer screening, Thrombosed hemorrhoids, Anoscopy, Upper GI Endoscopy, Esophageal stricture, Infrared coagulation hemorrhoid removal, Gatroesophageal reflux, Liver cirrhosis, Heartburn

Education & Training

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterFellowship, Gastroenterology, 1985 - 1987
  • UPMC ShadysideResidency, Internal Medicine, 1982 - 1985
  • University Auto De Baja California, Esc De MedClass of 1980

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1985 - 2023
  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 1984 - 1987
  • NM State Medical License
    NM State Medical License 1984 - 1991
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 1983 - 1988
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Gastroenterology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Gastrointestinal Tract Hemorrhage The Value of a Nasogastric Aspirate  
    Cuellar RE, Gavaler JS, Alexander JA, et al, Arch Intern Med, 1/1/1990
  • Conjugative Drug Metabolism in Liver Transplantation  
    Venkataramanan R, Kalp K, Rabinovitch M, Cuellar RE, Ptachcinski, Van Thiel DH, Starzl TE, Transplant Proc, 1/1/1989
  • Gastric Emptying in Bulimia  
    Leventhal RI, Brouillette D, Cuellar R, et al, Gastroenterology, 1/1/1989
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Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations