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Dr. Kuntal Mihir Thaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kuntal Thaker is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Thaker has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Thaker focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Thaker graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Colitis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Suejin S Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Suejin Kim, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kim's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim honors. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Kim completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kim has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy, Colorectal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 239
  • Charge (avg.): $998 - $2,277
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $30 - $313
Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Ghassemi focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Ghassemi trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. He is conversant in Persian. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $735
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $153
Dr. Joseph Boyd B Palascak, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Palascak is a gastroenterologist in Santa Cruz, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Palascak include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and interventional endoscopy. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Palascak welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 249
  • Charge (avg.): $998 - $2,102
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $32 - $286
Dr. Geoffrey Peter Bernstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Geoffrey Bernstein's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Bernstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a graduate of Michael Reese Hospital's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Bernstein is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bernstein is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 207
  • Charge (avg.): $1,708 - $2,263
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $211 - $313
Dr. Donald E Schepps, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Donald Schepps practices vascular surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Schepps include surgical procedures. Dr. Schepps accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Schepps is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Thoracic Problems, Sclerotherapy, Spider Veins, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $1,200
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $206

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What is a Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is the use of a special tool called a colonoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end) to examine the inside of the colon and rectum. The tube is typically inserted anally, and it allows the physician to examine the large intestine from the inside. It may be done at any time to diagnose bowel problems, but routine colonoscopies are advised after the age of 50 to screen for colon cancer.

A colonoscopy may be performed to diagnose:
  • Intestinal ulcers
  • Polyps
  • Bowel cancer
  • An unidentified source of pain or bleeding in the intestine

You may be asked to drink only liquids in the days before a colonoscopy, or you may be given an enema to remove residual fecal matter. Before the exam, you are given medication to help you relax, and you lay on your side on a table. The scope is inserted into the anus and gently moved all the way through the large intestine. Air may be pumped into the intestine to improve the view for the physician. Any polyps that are found will be removed. Then the colonoscope will be withdrawn. A colonoscopy is not usually painful, but you may feel some bloating or have some cramps right afterward. If you had polyps removed you might experience a small amount of bleeding. Any side effects should go away within a few hours.
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