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Dr. Robert A Osterhoff, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Robert Osterhoff's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Osterhoff trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Osterhoff include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Osterhoff speaks Spanish. Dr. Osterhoff is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vino John Verghese, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Vino Verghese works as a gastroenterologist in Burlingame, CA. He attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore. Dr. Verghese completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. In his practice, Dr. Verghese focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Verghese's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Biliary Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy

Dr. Michael David Bender, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Michael Bender practices adult gastroenterology in Burlingame, CA. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Bender attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bender include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). The average patient rating for Dr. Bender is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bender takes. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, small intestine disorders, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly Moore Dalal, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 5th Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Dalal is a medical specialist in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Dalal's areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and cancer surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Dalal completed residency programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Dalal average 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dalal honors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Dalal's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, anal fistula, anal fissures, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Lymphadenectomy, Research, Rectal Problems, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Pamela E Foster, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 5th Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Pamela Foster is a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon. She has indicated that her clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Foster performed her residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Foster has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anal fistula, anal fissures, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Diverticular Disease, Anal Fistula, Pilonidal Cyst, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric P Kubat, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1501 Trousdale Drive; 5th Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Eric Kubat's medical specialty is surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kubat include surgical procedures. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Kubat attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Kubat's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Cancer Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

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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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