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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lin obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lin is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes 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; Department of Gastroenterology
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Mrudula Kumar sees patients in Dublin, CA and Fremont, CA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kumar average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kumar's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kumar is accepting new patients. She graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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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, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver 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 practices adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Heyman's areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver transplant. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Heyman's medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. 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 M Tsai, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5565 West Las Positas Boulevard; Suite 140
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Patrika Tsai works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in San Francisco, CA and Pleasanton, CA. Dr. Tsai is especially interested in obesity, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Tsai trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. Dr. Tsai welcomes new patients.

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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; 3rd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Bogdan Eftimie is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Eftimie's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and clinical trials. The average patient rating for Dr. Eftimie is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Eftimie performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He speaks Romanian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Eftimie is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Research, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Liver Cancer, Sarcoma, Colon Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, Lung ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Feng's medical specialty is bariatric surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Feng include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Feng honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Feng 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. Feng (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, stomach problems, hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Shoba Kankipati's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She practices in Pleasant Hill, CA, Dublin, CA, and San Ramon, CA. She studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. She trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for her residency. Dr. Kankipati has a special interest in breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. Patients rated Dr. Kankipati highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kankipati (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Kankipati is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Breast Cancer

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

Dr. Beemen Khalil, who practices in Palo Alto, CA, Fremont, CA, and Dublin, CA, is a medical specialist in bariatric surgery. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Khalil's clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khalil speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, stomach problems, hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Sunghoon Kim is a specialist in pediatric general surgery. He works in Oakland, CA, Brentwood, CA, and San Ramon, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: robotic surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Kim's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He speaks Korean. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Mark Koransky sees patients in Fremont, CA and Dublin, CA. His medical specialty is general surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koransky include surgical procedures. Dr. Koransky takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Koransky attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for his residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Koransky's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, anal cancer, anal fissures, hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Michael Richard Forrest, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6380 Clark Avenue
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Michael Forrest works as a radiation oncologist. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Forrest's clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Forrest is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Forrest offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Gynecologic 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 is a gynecologic oncologist and urogynecologist in Pleasanton, CA, San Mateo, CA, and Burlingame, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Margolis is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Margolis include pelvic surgery, cancer, and uterine problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Margolis takes. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Margolis welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal problems, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Implant Surgery, Sexual Medicine, Fecal Incontinence, Urogynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sue Jung Flahive, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
5924 Stoneridge Drive; Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Sue Rhee's specialty is general pediatrics. Her education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Rhee's clinical interests encompass crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver transplant. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Rhee is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.

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

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

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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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