We found 11 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare near Santa Cruz, CA.

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

Dr. Kuntal Thaker is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Thaker is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Thaker's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thaker takes. He welcomes new patients. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, pancreatic cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, peptic ulcer, small intestine disorders, chronic constipation, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ghassemi's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghassemi's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Ghassemi speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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 attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Palascak trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency. Clinical interests 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 accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Palascak's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, ... (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. She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kim's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Kim graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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

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

Dr. Donald E Schepps, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Donald Schepps is a medical specialist in vascular surgery. In his practice, Dr. Schepps focuses on surgical procedures. Dr. Schepps honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Schepps's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , anal cancer, anal fissures, hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Marin S Muller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marin Muller practices general internal medicine in Santa Cruz, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. Dr. Muller is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Muller (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Muller is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, General Care, Celiac Disease, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include general care. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Goodman is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Goodman's residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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Dr. Kathrin Rachel Sidell, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Sidell's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Sidell is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Circumcision, Obesity, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeanne M Gallagher, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jeanne Gallagher's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Gallagher is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gallagher is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Immunization, Circumcision, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan E Borba, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba is a general pediatrician in Aptos, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Borba is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Borba takes. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Immunization, Down Syndrome, Bronchitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy L Washowich, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Washowich works as a diagnostic radiologist in Santa Cruz, CA. After attending Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Dr. Washowich completed his residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in imaging procedures. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal problems

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Sports Health, Rectal Problems, Abdominal Imaging, Lung Problems, ... (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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