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We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Open Access Elect Choice near Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Richard McGuire Auld Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1210 Sonoma Avenue; Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Richard Auld is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Auld is 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Auld focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Auld accepts. He is open to new patients. Dr. Auld attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy

Dr. Frank Lawler Anderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3883 Airway Drive; Suite 201
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Frank Anderson is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Anderson honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Adil Salih Wakil, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
990 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 9
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Adil Wakil sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, and Eureka, CA. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Dr. Wakil (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Wakil is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), viral hepatitis, and wilson's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wakil takes. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. David Joseph Soto, MD
Specializes in Surgery
98 Montgomery Drive; Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. David Soto works as a surgeon. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Soto include surgical procedures. Dr. Soto is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Soto's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopy, Anti-Reflux ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse R Rael, MD
Specializes in Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology
3883 Airway Drive; Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jesse Rael is a medical specialist in neuroradiology and diagnostic radiology. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Rael's clinical interests include imaging procedures. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR).

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Relevant Interests: , rectal problems

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Sports Health, Rectal Problems, Vascular Imaging, Abdominal Imaging, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Ying Cao, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3883 Airway Drive; #220
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Ying Cao practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in Santa Rosa, CA, San Jose, CA, and Los Gatos, CA. In Dr. Cao's practice, she is particularly interested in chemotherapy, bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy), and gastrointestinal cancer. She honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Nanjing Medical University and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Dr. Cao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Good Samaritan Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Exam, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lymphoma, Blood Disorders, Chemotherapy, Breast Cancer

Dr. Leland J Davis, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1200 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 6
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Leland Davis is a Santa Rosa, CA physician who specializes in general pediatrics. In his practice, he is particularly interested in preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Davis studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Davis is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Immunization, Circumcision, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Attention ... (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.