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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Lin attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Lin honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lin is professionally 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; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Mrudula Kumar is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Fremont, CA and Dublin, CA. Her clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kumar 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. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Kumar is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She 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, 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Heyman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver transplant. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Heyman is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Heyman has an open panel.

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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. Dr. Tsai's areas of expertise consist of obesity, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Bogdan Silviu Eftimie, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; 3rd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Bogdan Eftimie's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include lung cancer, colon cancer, and clinical trials. On average, patients gave Dr. Eftimie a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He speaks Romanian. Dr. Eftimie's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Sunghoon Kim's medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. He is conversant in Korean. These areas are among Dr. Kim's clinical interests: robotic surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Kim completed residency programs 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Kankipati focuses on breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Kankipati completed her residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Kankipati (or staff) is conversant in 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 accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Breast Cancer

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

Dr. John Feng's specialty is bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Feng include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Feng honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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). In addition to English, Dr. Feng (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Dr. Feng's 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, stomach problems, 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 practices bariatric surgery in Palo Alto, CA, Fremont, CA, and Dublin, CA. He is conversant in Arabic. His areas of expertise include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Khalil's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Khalil graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Harlem Hospital Center. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khalil's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, stomach problems, hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Mark Koransky practices general surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Koransky is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koransky is especially interested in surgical procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koransky accepts. Dr. Koransky's practice is open to new patients. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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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's area of specialization is radiation oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Forrest is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Forrest has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Forrest trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese-speaking patients. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. He is accepting new patients.

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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' specialties are gynecologic oncology and urogynecology. Dr. Margolis has a special interest in pelvic surgery, cancer, and uterine problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Before completing his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Margolis attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Margolis is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. His practice is open to 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 practices general pediatrics. She has indicated that her clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver transplant. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, Dr. Rhee completed her residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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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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