We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Castro Valley, CA.
Dr. Vishal Ghevariya specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Castro Valley, CA, Hayward, CA, and San Leandro, CA. Dr. Ghevariya's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghevariya honors. He attended medical school at the University of Mumbai, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College. His residency was performed at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Ghevariya (or staff) speaks Chinese and Russian. In addition, he offers language support for Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Ghevariya is professionally affiliated with St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, colorectal problems, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, chronic constipation, acid reflux (GERD), colitis
All Interests: Colonoscopy with propofol sedation, Colorectal cancer, Colorectal cancer screening, Colorectal ... (Read more)
Dr. Michael Forrest's medical specialty is radiation oncology. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is especially interested in radiation therapy. Dr. Forrest is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Forrest attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese-speaking patients. His professional affiliations include Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. He is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer
All Interests: 3-D conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT), Brain tumors, Breast cancer, Breast conservation cancer ... (Read more)
Dr. Gopal Sachdeva is a radiation oncologist in Emeryville, CA, Antioch, CA, and Castro Valley, CA. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. Dr. Sachdeva's areas of expertise include radiation therapy. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Sachdeva attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sachdeva is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer
All Interests: 3-D conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT), Brachytherapy, Brain tumors, Breast cancer, Breast ... (Read more)
Dr. Jon Rasak is an internist in San Ramon, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rasak include tonsilitis, contraception (birth control), and depression. Dr. Rasak is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to 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. Dr. Rasak is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.
Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems, vomiting, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD), constipation
All Interests: Allergy / Allergies, Annual Exams, Asthma, Back and Neck Pain, Blood in Stool, Blood in Urine, ... (Read more)
Dr. Steven Stanten is a general surgery specialist in Oakland, CA and Hayward, CA. In his practice, Dr. Stanten focuses on cancer surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stanten honors. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training 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. Dr. Stanten's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Stanten welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, achalasia, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids
All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Esophagectomy, Esophagomyotomy, Esophyx and stomaphyx endoluminal treatment, ... (Read more)
Dr. Giovanni Begossi practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in Oakland, CA and Hayward, CA. Dr. Begossi is especially interested in cancer surgery and robotic surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He speaks Italian. Dr. Begossi is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer
All Interests: Surgical Oncology, Surgery, Robotic surgery, Bowel cancer, Breast cancer, Colon and rectal cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. Brian Walker practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in San Leandro, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walker include surgical procedures. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Walker is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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. Dr. Walker's professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network and Eden Medical Center. He is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , anorectal problems, hemorrhoids
All Interests: Surgery, Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic surgery, Lymph node dissection, Melanoma, ... (Read more)
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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.