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

Dr. Kuntal Thaker sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Thaker takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Thaker attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Thaker's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kim's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghassemi honors. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ghassemi is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Palascak trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Palascak is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Palascak's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Bernstein graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then he performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. Dr. Bernstein's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to 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' specialty is vascular surgery. He has a special interest in surgical procedures. Dr. Schepps honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. He is professionally 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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