We found 16 gastroenterologists who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Downey, CA.

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Dr. Neal Michael Shindel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12291 Washington Boulevard; #201
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Neal Shindel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Whittier, CA. Dr. Shindel is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with PIH Health. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shindel at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shindel include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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Dr. Sushil Kumar Ojha, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; Suite 308
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Sushil Ojha sees patients in Downey, CA and Lynwood, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, he performed his residency at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ojha (or staff) speaks Hindi. His professional affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, PIH Health, and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Dr. Joon Kyung Lah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12291 Washington Boulevard; #201
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. John Lah is a Whittier, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lah accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Lah is professionally affiliated with PIH Health.

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Dr. Ashwin P Ashok, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12291 Washington Boulevard; Suite 201
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Ashwin Ashok's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with PIH Health. Dr. Ashok obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Renee Shandil, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12291 Washington Boulevard; #201
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Renee Palta specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Palta is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
12291 Washington Boulevard; Suite 304
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Robert Mecum works as an adult gastroenterologist in Whittier, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mecum takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His medical residency was performed at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Mecum speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6315 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Ma's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. Dr. Ma studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Ma completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Dr. Paul G Frenkiel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9040 Telegraph Road; Suite 100
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Paul Frenkiel is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at White Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Frenkiel honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
101 E Beverly Boulevard; Suite 301
Montebello, CA
 

Dr. Zelman Weingarten's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with AppleCare Medical Group. Dr. Weingarten studied medicine at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at VA Long Beach Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Weingarten's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Bill Hoon Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; 200
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Bill Kim's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with PIH Health and AppleCare Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim takes. Dr. Kim attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9353 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Gareth Dulai is an adult gastroenterologist in Downey, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Dulai is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10230 Artesia Boulevard; Suite 104
Bellflower, CA
 

Dr. Rogelio Rabanera sees patients in Bellflower, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rabanera is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Filipino.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
101 E Beverly Boulevard; Suite 301
Montebello, CA
 

Dr. Arash Zarimani's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Zarimani is affiliated with AppleCare Medical Group. Dr. Zarimani honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Zarimani attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Zarimani's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Zarimani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; #308
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Gaurang Chaurushia works as an adult gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chaurushia honors.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
111 W Beverly Boulevard; Suite 208
Montebello, CA
 

Dr. Lisandro Quinones specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Quinones is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with AppleCare Medical Group.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
101 E Beverly Boulevard; Suite 204
Montebello, CA
 

Dr. Abdul Alaama is an adult gastroenterologist in Montebello, CA and Whittier, CA. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Alaama is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Alaama speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with AppleCare Medical Group.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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