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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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Her areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. Ali has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ali takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. She is affiliated with 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. Jennifer Clare Burgis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Burgis' specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. 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). Her areas of clinical interest consist of hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and transplant procedures. Dr. Burgis accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. James Ostroff's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ostroff is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and acute pancreatitis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ostroff accepts. Dr. Ostroff's education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at New York Hospital. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ostroff (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Ostroff 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. Elizabeth Hechavarria Hechavarria, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Yen's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Before performing her residency at Seattle Children's Hospital, Dr. Yen attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Yen's clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Yen's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Boston Children's Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. R. Frederick works as an adult gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. He speaks Spanish. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. Dr. Frederick's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Dr. Frederick graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frederick takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Frederick is accepting 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. Stewart Lyndon Cooper, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
2340 Clay Street; 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Stewart Cooper's specialties are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He practices in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Cooper is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cooper offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He welcomes new 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 medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), viral hepatitis, and liver transplant. Dr. Perito's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Before completing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Perito attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Perito has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Francis Yao is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yao include esophageal cancer, viral hepatitis, and stomach cancer. Dr. Yao is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Yao attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. Dr. Yao is conversant in 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. Dwight Montgomery Bissell, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
350 Parnassus Avenue, Gastroenterology and Liver Faculty Practice; Suite 300
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. D. Bissell, who practices in San Francisco, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise 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 honors. Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Bissell attended Harvard Medical School. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in French. Dr. Bissell is 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 is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Terdiman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Terdiman's areas of expertise include diarrhea, heartburn, and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Terdiman performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Adil Wakil's specialties are adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He practices in San Francisco, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, and Eureka, CA. Dr. Wakil attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for residency. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and wilson's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Wakil (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He has an open panel.

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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. Chanda Kendra Ho, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
2340 Clay Street; 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Chanda Ho's medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system), transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Dr. Ho attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. She trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for her residency. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ho's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Transplant

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

Dr. Maurizio Bonacini is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist. Dr. Bonacini's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bonacini include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at New York Hospital Queens and Booth Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bonacini has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Bonacini (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Bonacini is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Uma Mahadevan is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include crohn's disease, pregnancy, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Mahadevan honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Mahadevan speaks Tamil. She is professionally 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. Michael Scott Verhille, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3838 California Street; Suite 416
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Michael Verhille's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Verhille focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Verhille is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Verhille graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at California Pacific Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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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. Mimi S Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
899 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Mimi Lin is a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Francisco, CA. She speaks Mandarin. Clinical interests for Dr. Lin include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Before performing her residency at California Pacific Medical Center, Dr. Lin attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lin accepts. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), chronic constipation, fecal incontinence, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Gastrointestinal Problems, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Chronic ... (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.