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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Thaker focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. 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: , 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. In addition to English, Dr. Ghassemi speaks Persian. His areas of expertise include 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ghassemi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Palascak attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and interventional endoscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Palascak is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Palascak 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts. She has an open panel. After attending 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).

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

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

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

Dr. Gilbert Goodman sees patients in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goodman include general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goodman accepts. Dr. Goodman studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Goodman completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Goodman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Bone Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Marin Muller works as a general internist in Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Muller is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Muller trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Muller (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French.

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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' area of specialization is vascular surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Schepps include surgical procedures. Dr. Schepps's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , anal cancer, 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. Dr. Sidell's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Sidell is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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 specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Scotts Valley, CA. 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). Patients rated Dr. Gallagher highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gallagher accepts. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Gallagher is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 sees patients in Aptos, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Borba average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Borba is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. 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's specialty is diagnostic radiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in 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 accepts 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 subsequently trained at Brooke Army Medical Center for residency.

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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.