We found 12 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Medicare near Pleasanton, CA.

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Dr. Kirk Kofong Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Kirk Lin specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Fremont, CA and Dublin, CA. His areas of expertise 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. Lin is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Lin speaks Mandarin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mrudula V Kumar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; Department of Gastroenterology
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Mrudula Kumar works as a gastroenterologist. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kumar include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kumar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kumar is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Kumar attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melvin B Heyman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
5565 West Las Positas Boulevard; Suite 140
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Melvin Heyman specializes in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology and practices in San Francisco, CA and Pleasanton, CA. Dr. Heyman's clinical interests encompass crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver transplant. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Heyman's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Liver Transplant, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Patrika M Tsai, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5565 West Las Positas Boulevard; Suite 140
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Patrika Tsai is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in San Francisco, CA and Pleasanton, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: obesity, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Tsai's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. She attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Tsai completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsai accepts. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Obesity, Ulcerative Colitis, Liver Transplant, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. John Jih Jong Feng, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. John Feng specializes in bariatric surgery and practices in San Carlos, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and Fremont, CA. Dr. Feng (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Feng include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Feng's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Feng is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, stomach problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shoba Kankipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6380 Clark Avenue
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Shoba Kankipati works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Before completing her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Kankipati attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Kankipati takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kankipati (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Beemen N Khalil, MS, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Beemen Khalil sees patients in Palo Alto, CA, Fremont, CA, and San Carlos, CA. His medical specialty is bariatric surgery. Dr. Khalil is conversant in Arabic. In his practice, Dr. Khalil focuses on weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Khalil's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, stomach problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Richard Forrest, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6380 Clark Avenue
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Michael Forrest is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is especially interested in radiation therapy. Dr. Forrest is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Forrest offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. He is accepting 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. Sunghoon Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
5820 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Sunghoon Kim is a pediatric general surgeon. His clinical interests include robotic surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Kim's hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is open to new patients. Dr. Kim graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Kim completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is conversant in Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Inguinal Hernia, Gastrostomy, Umbilical Hernia, Phimosis, Appendicitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark L Koransky, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Mark Koransky is a specialist in general surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Koransky a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in surgical procedures. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Koransky attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, anal cancer, anal fistula, anal fissures, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Skin Issues, Soft ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Thomas Margolis, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology
5575 W. Las Positas Road; Suite 330
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Michael Margolis' areas of specialization are gynecologic oncology and urogynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Margolis is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include pelvic surgery, cancer, and uterine problems. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare. Dr. Margolis accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Good Samaritan Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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Relevant Interests: , rectovaginal fistula, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Implant Surgery, Sexual Medicine, Fecal Incontinence, Urogynecological Problems, Gynecological ... (Read more)

Dr. Sue Jung Flahive, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
5924 Stoneridge Drive; Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Sue Rhee's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Rhee is especially interested in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver transplant. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Albany Medical College and then she performed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Liver Transplant, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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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