We found 86 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield HMO near San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 216
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Sabina Ali is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ali include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. Ali takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Sindh Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, encopresis, malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Colitis, Hydrogen Breath Test, Failure to Thrive, ... (Read more)

Dr. James W Ostroff, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1825 Fourth Street; Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. James Ostroff's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ostroff graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. His training includes a residency program at New York Hospital. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and acute pancreatitis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ostroff has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ostroff (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, gastroparesis, pancreatic cancer, constipation

All Interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallstones, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Clare Burgis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Burgis' specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests encompass hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and transplant procedures. Dr. Burgis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Burgis is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Elizabeth Hechavarria Hechavarria, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Yen's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Yen obtained her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed her residency at Seattle Children's Hospital. She has indicated that her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Yen speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Boston Children's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Dwight Montgomery Bissell, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
350 Parnassus Avenue, Gastroenterology and Liver Faculty Practice; Suite 300
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. D. Bissell's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bissell include diarrhea, viral hepatitis, and gastroparesis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bissell accepts. Dr. Bissell graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He speaks French. Dr. Bissell is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastroparesis, constipation

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Gallstones, Viral Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan P Terdiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2330 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Terdiman's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His clinical interests include diarrhea, heartburn, and ulcers. Dr. Terdiman's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Terdiman is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, gastroparesis, pancreatic cancer, constipation

All Interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallstones, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Todd Frederick, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
2340 Clay Street; 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. R. Frederick is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Dr. Frederick has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Frederick's education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Dr. Frederick is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver cancer

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Francis Yung-Kang Yao, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
350 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Francis Yao's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Yao include esophageal cancer, viral hepatitis, and stomach cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. He speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Viral Hepatitis, Esophageal Cancer, Stomach Cancer

Dr. Uma Mahadevan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2330 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Uma Mahadevan practices adult gastroenterology in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Mahadevan's areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease, pregnancy, and ulcerative colitis. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Mahadevan speaks Tamil. She is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Stewart Lyndon Cooper, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
2340 Clay Street; 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Stewart Cooper's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease); he sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cooper accepts. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. Dr. Cooper offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese-speaking patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, liver cancer

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Celiac Disease, Hemochromatosis, Wilson's ... (Read more)

Dr. Emily Rothbaum Rothbaum, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 Parnassus Avenue Mu-408-e; Box 0136
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Emily Perito is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Perito include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), viral hepatitis, and liver transplant. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Perito's education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Liver Transplant, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Viral Hepatitis

Dr. Cathleen Nora Cabansag, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2186 Geary Boulevard; Suite #320
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Cathleen Cabansag's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Cabansag is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and a graduate of California Pacific Medical Center's residency program. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Cabansag has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, heartburn, colorectal problems, peptic ulcer, small intestine disorders, chronic constipation, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Maurizio Bonacini, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1580 Valencia Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Maurizio Bonacini is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. Dr. Bonacini's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Bonacini graduated from Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and then he performed his residency at New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Bonacini has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Bonacini (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sedation, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Scott Verhille, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3838 California Street; Suite 416
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Michael Verhille is an adult gastroenterology specialist in San Francisco, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Verhille focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Verhille honors. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Verhille trained at California Pacific Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Verhille's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Viral Hepatitis, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adil Salih Wakil, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
2340 Clay Street; 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Adil Wakil works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in San Francisco, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, and Eureka, CA. Dr. Wakil is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and wilson's disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Wakil (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver cancer

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lauren B Gerson, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2340 Clay Street; 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Lauren Gerson is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Gerson attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete her residency at California Pacific Medical Center. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Gerson speaks French. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Gerson is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, heartburn, peptic ulcer, small intestine disorders, chronic constipation, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Hydrogen Breath Test, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, 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.

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