We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Castro Valley, CA.

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Dr. Vishal D Ghevariya, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
19845 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 104
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Vishal Ghevariya's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended the University of Mumbai, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for residency. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghevariya is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Ghevariya (or staff) speaks Chinese and Russian. In addition, he offers language support for Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish-speaking patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Ghevariya's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, chronic constipation, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arnold J Blustein, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1235 Harrison Street
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Arnold Blustein sees patients in San Leandro, CA. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Blustein is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Blustein completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Blustein (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Blustein's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Community Health Issues, Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Sleep Problems, Immunization, Education, Early ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Richard Forrest, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20400 Lake Chabot Road; #102
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Michael Forrest's area of specialization is radiation oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Forrest is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Forrest has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Forrest trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese-speaking patients. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Albert Stanten, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
27001 Calaroga Avenue; Suite 4
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Steven Stanten's area of specialization is general surgery. He has a special interest in cancer surgery. Dr. Stanten is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Stanten attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Stanten (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, stomach problems, inflammatory bowel disease, anal cancer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Lymphadenectomy, Heller Myotomy, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Giovanni Begossi, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
27001 Calaroga Avenue; Suite 4
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Giovanni Begossi practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in Oakland, CA and Hayward, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Begossi include cancer surgery and robotic surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Begossi trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Begossi is conversant in Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Begossi is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
200 Porter Drive; Suite 300
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Jon Rasak works as an internist. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Rasak's clinical interests include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, Dr. Rasak speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems, vomiting, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20400 Lake Chabot Road; Stuite 102
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva, who practices in Emeryville, CA, Antioch, CA, and Castro Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Sachdeva has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Sachdeva focuses on radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Sachdeva welcomes new patients. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Sarcoma, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian K Walker, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
13847 E 14th Street; Suite 118
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Brian Walker works as a cancer surgeon in San Leandro, CA. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His areas of expertise include surgical procedures. Dr. Walker has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Walker is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , anal fissures, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Lymphadenectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nehal V Ghevariya, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13847 E 14th Street; Suite 115
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Nehal Ghevariya is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Ghevariya is especially interested in general care. She is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. She welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Ghevariya attended medical school at Saurashtra University. She offers language support for Fijian, Gujarati, and Samoan-speaking patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Cancer Screening, Hepatitis, Metabolic Syndrome, Low Testosterone, ... (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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