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

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

Dr. Kirk Lin is a gastroenterologist in Fremont, CA and Dublin, CA. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Lin has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lin's office for an appointment.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In her practice, Dr. Kumar focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kumar honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kumar speaks Telugu. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kumar has an open panel.

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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
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Melvin Heyman, who practices in San Francisco, CA and Pleasanton, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Heyman has indicated that his clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver transplant. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Heyman is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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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
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Patrika Tsai works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. She attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. These areas are among Dr. Tsai's clinical interests: obesity, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tsai is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Her practice is open to 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. Sunghoon Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
5820 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Sunghoon Kim's specialty is pediatric general surgery. He is conversant in Korean. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include minimally invasive surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Kim's hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kim 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. Shoba Kankipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6380 Clark Avenue
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Shoba Kankipati is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In her practice, Dr. Kankipati focuses on breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Kankipati is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She has an open panel. She obtained her medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Kankipati (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Breast Cancer

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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Eftimie is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests encompass blood disorders. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Eftimie's medical residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Eftimie has an open panel.

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

Dr. John Feng works as a bariatric surgeon in San Carlos, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and Fremont, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Feng performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is especially interested in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Feng (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish. Dr. Feng is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Feng 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. Mark L Koransky, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Mark Koransky specializes in general surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include surgical procedures. Dr. Koransky is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Koransky accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Koransky's training includes a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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

Dr. Beemen Khalil is a bariatric surgeon. In his practice, he is particularly interested in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Patient ratings for Dr. Khalil average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Khalil's medical residency was performed at Harlem Hospital Center. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Forrest's areas of expertise include radiation therapy. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. Dr. Forrest is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

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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 is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Pinole, CA, Emeryville, CA, and Dublin, CA. Dr. Santoli's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Santoli include blood disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Santoli welcomes new patients. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Georgetown University Hospital.

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

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's ... (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. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Margolis's areas of clinical interest consist of pelvic surgery, cancer, and uterine problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and El Camino Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Margolis takes. Dr. Margolis is open to new patients. 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.

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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.