We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Health Net Seniority Plus Green near Burlingame, CA.

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Dr. Ernest F. Ribera MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.12 stars (2 ratings)
1720 El Camino Real; Suite 155
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Ernest Ribera's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ribera include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Ribera is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. Dr. Ribera is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Eugene Young Lee MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
average rating 4.75 stars (7 ratings)
100 South Ellsworth Avenue; Suite 507
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Eugene Lee's area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lee has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Lee is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert A. Osterhoff M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.6 stars (63 ratings)
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Robert Osterhoff's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Osterhoff honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Osterhoff attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Osterhoff's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Division, and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Osterhoff welcomes new patients.

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Vino J. Verghese MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.5 stars (59 ratings)
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Vino Verghese is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Verghese honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Verghese graduated from Christian Medical College, Vellore. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Division, and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Michael David Bender M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
average rating 4.6 stars (5 ratings)
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Michael Bender's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bender is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Division, and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bender's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Tressia Hing M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Tressia Hing is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hing graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In her practice, Dr. Hing focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Indonesian. Dr. Hing's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Division, and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Hing is accepting new patients.

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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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