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

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

Dr. Neal Shindel is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Shindel average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shindel 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 SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Shindel has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health.

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

Dr. Sushil Ojha is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Ojha (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Ojha studied medicine at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Ojha completed residency programs at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Ashwin Ashok is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Whittier, CA. Dr. Ashok accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with PIH Health.

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

Dr. John Lah is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Lah is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as 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.

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

Dr. Renee Palta is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Palta accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Palta is affiliated with PIH Health.

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

Dr. Robert Mecum is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Whittier, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Mecum is 1.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Mecum graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Mecum is affiliated with PIH Health.

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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 in Downey, CA. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Frenkiel completed his residency training at White Memorial Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include PIH Health, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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

Dr. Zelman Weingarten, who practices in Montebello, CA and Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. He attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Weingarten completed residency programs at VA Long Beach Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Weingarten is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Arash Zarimani's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Zarimani's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Zarimani accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Zarimani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; 200
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Bill Kim works as an adult gastroenterologist in Downey, CA. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Kim's training includes a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kim speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6315 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Ma works as an adult gastroenterologist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ma attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ma is professionally affiliated with PIH Health.

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

Dr. Lisandro Quinones' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Quinones accepts. Dr. Quinones is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9353 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Gareth Dulai is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Dulai attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Dulai is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

Dr. Rogelio Rabanera is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He accepts the following insurance: Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Rabanera attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He speaks Filipino.

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

Dr. Gaurang Chaurushia is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chaurushia graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College.

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

Dr. Abdul Alaama practices adult gastroenterology in Montebello, CA and Whittier, CA. Dr. Alaama speaks Arabic. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Alaama takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.