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We found 7 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 and practices in Castro Valley, CA, Hayward, CA, and San Leandro, CA. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghevariya is professionally affiliated with St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Mumbai, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College and residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Ghevariya (or staff) is conversant in Chinese and Russian. He also offers interpreting services for patients who speak Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish.

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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, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Forrest is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Dublin, CA and Castro Valley, CA. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. In Dr. Forrest's practice, he is particularly interested in radiation therapy. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Forrest offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese-speaking patients. Dr. Forrest's professional affiliations include Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

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

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

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva works as a radiation oncologist in Emeryville, CA, Antioch, CA, and Castro Valley, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Sachdeva include radiation therapy. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Sachdeva completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Sachdeva is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

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

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

Dr. Jon Rasak's medical specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rasak include tonsilitis, contraception (birth control), and depression. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Rasak takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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)

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

Dr. Steven Stanten is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stanten include cancer surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stanten takes. Before completing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Dr. Stanten attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Stanten (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Stanten is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Oakland, CA and Hayward, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Begossi include cancer surgery and robotic surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Begossi is a graduate of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of UMass Memorial Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. Dr. Begossi's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Liver Cancer, Sarcoma, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Surgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Brian Walker is a cancer surgeon in San Leandro, CA. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His clinical interests include surgical procedures. Dr. Walker's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network and Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Walker's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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