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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ali honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. She graduated from Sindh Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and acute pancreatitis. Patient ratings for Dr. Ostroff average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at New York Hospital. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ostroff (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He 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. Jennifer Clare Burgis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Burgis is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in San Francisco, CA and Palo Alto, CA. In her practice, Dr. Burgis focuses on hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and transplant procedures. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Burgis attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Burgis is open to 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yen is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her residency training at Seattle Children's Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Yen is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Boston Children's Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, viral hepatitis, and gastroparesis. Dr. Bissell is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Bissell has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in French.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Francisco, CA. Patients gave Dr. Terdiman an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diarrhea, heartburn, and ulcers. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. 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. Richard Todd Frederick, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
2340 Clay Street; 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. R. Frederick practices adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Frederick include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Dr. Frederick is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Frederick has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Frederick speaks Spanish.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Cooper graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine. He offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese-speaking patients. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Cooper has an open panel.

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

Dr. Francis Yao is an adult gastroenterology specialist in San Francisco, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, viral hepatitis, and stomach cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Yao studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. He speaks 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. Uma Mahadevan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2330 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Uma Mahadevan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She speaks Tamil. Dr. Mahadevan is especially interested in crohn's disease, pregnancy, and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Mahadevan honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Emily Perito specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in San Francisco, CA. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Perito's areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), viral hepatitis, and liver transplant. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Perito is accepting new patients.

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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 specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. After completing medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Cabansag performed her residency at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Cabansag is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in 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 takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bonacini is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He trained at New York Hospital Queens and Booth Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Bonacini has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, 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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient reviews placed Dr. Verhille at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Verhille's residency was performed at California Pacific Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Verhille 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. Mimi S Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
899 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Mimi Lin works as an adult gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Francisco, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lin's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For her professional training, Dr. Lin completed a residency program at California Pacific Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Lin an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. Adil Wakil is a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in San Francisco, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, and Eureka, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and wilson's disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wakil honors. Dr. Wakil graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Wakil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Wakil 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)

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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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