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We found 13 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Medicare near Pleasanton, CA.

Dr. Kirk Kofong Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Kirk Lin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Lin has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lin's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mrudula V Kumar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Mrudula Kumar is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Fremont, CA and Dublin, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Kumar is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kumar has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kumar takes. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kumar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melvin B Heyman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
5565 West Las Positas Boulevard; Suite 140
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Melvin Heyman is an adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology specialist in San Francisco, CA and Pleasanton, CA. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has a special interest in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver transplant. Dr. Heyman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Heyman's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Liver Transplant, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Patrika Montricul Tsai, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5565 West Las Positas Boulevard; Suite 140
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Patrika Tsai's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Tsai's areas of expertise consist of obesity, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has an open panel. She attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Liver Transplant, Crohn's Disease, Obesity, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Bogdan Silviu Eftimie, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd and 3rd Floors
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Bogdan Eftimie is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. He is conversant in Romanian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Eftimie include blood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Eftimie trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The average patient rating for Dr. Eftimie is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Sarcoma, Colon Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sunghoon Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
5820 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Sunghoon Kim is a medical specialist in pediatric general surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Kim accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Kim attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Kim speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Inguinal Hernia, Gastrostomy, Umbilical Hernia, Phimosis, Appendicitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shoba Kankipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6380 Clark Avenue
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Shoba Kankipati practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in Pleasant Hill, CA, Dublin, CA, and San Ramon, CA. Dr. Kankipati (or staff) speaks Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. Her areas of clinical interest consist of breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. She is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Kankipati obtained her medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kankipati's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Mark L Koransky, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Mark Koransky is a general surgeon. His clinical interests encompass surgical procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Koransky average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koransky is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Koransky is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Skin Issues, Soft ... (Read more)

Dr. John Jih Jong Feng, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. John Feng works as a bariatric surgeon. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Clinical interests for Dr. Feng include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Patient reviews placed Dr. Feng at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Feng (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Beemen N Khalil, MS, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Beemen Khalil is a medical specialist in bariatric surgery. Dr. Khalil is conversant in Arabic. He has a special interest in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Harlem Hospital Center's residency program. Patients rated Dr. Khalil highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Khalil has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Richard Forrest, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6380 Clark Avenue
Dublin, 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. Frank Anthony Santoli, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6380 Clark Avenue
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Frank Santoli's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Santoli's clinical interests encompass blood disorders. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Santoli obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, St. Rose Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Clinical Trials, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Gynecologic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Thomas Margolis, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology
5575 W. Las Positas Road; Suite 330
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Michael Margolis practices gynecologic oncology and urogynecology in Pleasanton, CA, San Mateo, CA, and Burlingame, CA. Before performing his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Margolis attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Margolis include pelvic surgery, cancer, and uterine problems. Dr. Margolis has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Margolis is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal problems, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Implant Surgery, Urodynamic Testing, Sexual Medicine, Fecal Incontinence, ... (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.