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

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

Dr. Vishal Ghevariya specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghevariya honors. Dr. Ghevariya 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. Dr. Ghevariya (or staff) is conversant in Chinese and Russian. He also offers language support for Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish-speaking patients. He is affiliated with St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Upper ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Forrest is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In his practice, he is particularly interested in radiation therapy. Dr. Forrest is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Forrest is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Breast-Conserving Surgery, Sarcoma, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Arnold Blustein's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Blustein is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Blustein has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Blustein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Blustein is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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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 attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His clinical interests include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. Patients gave Dr. Rasak an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rasak 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

All Interests: Depression, Pain, Type 1 Diabetes, Hip Problems, Upper Respiratory Infection, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva's specialty is radiation oncology. In Dr. Sachdeva's practice, he is particularly interested in radiation therapy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sachdeva takes. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Sachdeva attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Sachdeva has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

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

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

Dr. Steven Stanten is a general surgery specialist. His clinical interests include cancer surgery. Dr. Stanten honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Stanten's training includes a residency program at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Stanten (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include 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, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lymphadenectomy, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Giovanni Begossi works as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist in Oakland, CA and Hayward, CA. His clinical interests include cancer surgery and robotic surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Begossi graduated from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Begossi welcomes 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)

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

Dr. Brian Walker specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in San Leandro, CA. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for his residency. Dr. Walker is especially interested in surgical procedures. Dr. Walker has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network and Eden Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , 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 specializes in general internal medicine. After attending Saurashtra University for medical school, she completed her residency training at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In her practice, she is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Ghevariya honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. She offers language support for Fijian, Gujarati, and Samoan-speaking patients. She is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. Dr. Ghevariya welcomes new 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.