We found 10 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Castro Valley, CA.

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Dr. Vishal D Ghevariya, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
19845 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 104
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Vishal Ghevariya is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Castro Valley, CA, Hayward, CA, and San Leandro, CA. In his practice, Dr. Ghevariya focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Rose Hospital (Hayward, CA) and Eden Medical Center. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghevariya takes. Dr. Ghevariya has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of Mumbai, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, he performed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He offers interpreting services for patients who speak Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), peptic ulcer, colon cancer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, chronic constipation, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Hemochromatosis, Colitis, Sedation, Hepatocellular ... (Read more)

Dr. Arnold Jay Blustein, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1235 Harrison Street
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Arnold Blustein is a San Leandro, CA physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Blustein has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Blustein has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. Dr. Blustein's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Community Health Issues, Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Sleep Problems, Immunization, Education, Early ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Richard Forrest, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20400 Lake Chabot Road; #102
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Michael Forrest specializes in radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Forrest include radiation therapy. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Forrest trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese-speaking patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. Dr. Forrest is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakesh R Patel, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20126 Stanton Avenue
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Rakesh Patel's specialty is radiation oncology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy and prostate cancer. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Good Samaritan Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and St. Rose Hospital (Hayward, CA). He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Anna C Frick, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
20101 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Anna Frick's specialty is urogynecology. Her clinical interests include urogynecological problems. Dr. Frick is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Frick attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Frick speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rectovaginal fistula

All Interests: Neurostimulation, Urinary Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, Rectovaginal Fistula, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Albert Stanten, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
27001 Calaroga Avenue; Suite 4
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Steven Stanten works as a general surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Stanten include surgical procedures. Dr. Stanten is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Stanten has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Stanten (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, stomach problems, inflammatory bowel disease, anal cancer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Lymphadenectomy, Heller Myotomy, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Giovanni Begossi, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
27001 Calaroga Avenue; Suite 4
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Giovanni Begossi's medical specialty is general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). In his practice, Dr. Begossi focuses on cancer surgery and robotic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Begossi is a graduate of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Faculty of Medicine. He trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Begossi speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20400 Lake Chabot Road; Stuite 102
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva works as a radiation oncologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. Dr. Sachdeva has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Sachdeva trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. Dr. Sachdeva's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Sarcoma, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian K Walker, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
13847 E 14th Street; Suite 118
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Brian Walker is a medical specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He is especially interested in surgical procedures. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Walker studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for his residency. Dr. Walker has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Walker is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , anal fissures, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Lymphadenectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nehal V Ghevariya, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13847 E 14th Street; Suite 115
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Nehal Ghevariya is a general internist in San Leandro, CA. She offers language support for Fijian, Gujarati, and Samoan-speaking patients. In her practice, Dr. Ghevariya focuses on internal medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. Dr. Ghevariya graduated from Saurashtra University. For her professional training, Dr. Ghevariya completed residency programs at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Menopause, Long-Term Care, Thyroid Problems, Cancer Screening, Hepatitis, Wellness Visit, Metabolic ... (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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