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

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

Dr. Kuntal Thaker specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. In Dr. Thaker's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thaker honors. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Thaker is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi works as an adult gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ghassemi include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghassemi graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Ghassemi speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Boyd B Palascak, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Palascak is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Palascak has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Palascak is 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Suejin Kim is an adult gastroenterologist in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Kim has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency 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, Sigmoidoscopy, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

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. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Goodman is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Marin Muller specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. His clinical interests include general care. Dr. Muller takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Muller (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Muller's practice 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. Donald E Schepps, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Donald Schepps practices vascular surgery in Santa Cruz, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Schepps include surgical procedures. Dr. Schepps accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Schepps is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Kathrin Sidell's specialty is general pediatrics. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Sidell performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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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 practices general pediatrics. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Gallagher's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients gave Dr. Gallagher an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is not accepting 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's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Borba is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is affiliated with 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. Borba takes. She has an open panel. Dr. Borba is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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 Lee Washowich, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Washowich is a medical specialist in diagnostic radiology. His areas of expertise include imaging procedures. Dr. Washowich's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Washowich attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center.

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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.