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We found 85 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. She obtained her medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Ali a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali is open to 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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in San Francisco, CA and Palo Alto, CA. She is especially interested in hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and transplant procedures. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Dr. Burgis attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Burgis completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ostroff's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and acute pancreatitis. He is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Ostroff is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at New York Hospital for residency. Dr. Ostroff has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ostroff (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yen include inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. Dr. Yen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She trained at Seattle Children's Hospital for residency. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Yen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Boston Children's Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. Dr. Frederick honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Frederick's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

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

Dr. Stewart Cooper is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Cooper's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cooper's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Michael Verhille specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Francisco, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Verhille include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Verhille is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Verhille's residency was performed at California Pacific Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Verhille 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), inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Viral Hepatitis, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, ... (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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in San Francisco, CA. These areas are among Dr. Perito's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), viral hepatitis, and liver transplant. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She welcomes new patients. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Perito 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. Francis Yung-Kang Yao, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
350 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Francis Yao works as an adult gastroenterologist. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, viral hepatitis, and stomach cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yao honors. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Yao 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. William John Snape Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
2340 Clay Street; 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. William Snape's specialties are adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. Dr. Snape is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Before completing his residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Snape attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Snape is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Interventional Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Biliary Disorders, ... (Read more)

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 is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Bissell graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, viral hepatitis, and gastroparesis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bissell accepts. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in 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 works as a gastroenterologist. Patients gave Dr. Terdiman an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Terdiman include diarrhea, heartburn, and ulcers. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Terdiman honors. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete 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. Dr. Terdiman is 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. 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. Dr. Wakil's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and wilson's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of Parkland Health & Hospital System's residency program. 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). Dr. Wakil welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Liver ... (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 practices gastroenterology (digestive system), transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Her areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Ho completed her residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ho takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She has an open panel.

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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's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. In addition to English, Dr. Bonacini (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He graduated from Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. For his residency, Dr. Bonacini trained at New York Hospital Queens and Booth Memorial Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Bonacini an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bonacini accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is open to 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, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Uma Mahadevan specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Mahadevan attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Her clinical interests encompass crohn's disease, pregnancy, and ulcerative colitis. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She 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

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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.