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 is an adult gastroenterologist in Castro Valley, CA, Hayward, CA, and San Leandro, CA. In Dr. Ghevariya's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College and a graduate of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's residency program. Dr. Ghevariya (or staff) speaks Chinese and Russian. In addition, he offers interpreting services for patients who speak Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ghevariya's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in general pediatrics and practices in San Leandro, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Blustein (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Blustein's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Michael Forrest is a radiation oncology specialist. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Forrest include radiation therapy. Dr. Forrest is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Forrest performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He offers interpreting services for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese-speaking patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. He is open to 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 medical specialty is general surgery. Dr. Stanten's areas of expertise include cancer surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Stanten (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Stanten is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Stanten welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Giovanni Begossi sees patients in Oakland, CA and Hayward, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He is especially interested in cancer surgery and robotic surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Begossi attended medical school at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is conversant in Italian. Dr. Begossi is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). His practice is open to 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Rasak include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. Dr. Rasak accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Rasak is professionally 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 specializes in radiation oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include radiation therapy. Dr. Sachdeva's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Sachdeva attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

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

Dr. Brian Walker is a surgical oncologist in San Leandro, CA. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In Dr. Walker's practice, he is particularly interested in surgical procedures. The average patient rating for Dr. Walker is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network and Eden Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Nehal Ghevariya practices general internal medicine in San Leandro, CA. She has a special interest in general care. She accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. Dr. Ghevariya studied medicine at Saurashtra University. For her professional training, Dr. Ghevariya completed residency programs at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She offers interpreting services for patients who speak Fijian, Gujarati, and Samoan. She is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ghevariya's office for an appointment.

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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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