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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shindel speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Temple University Hospital. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shindel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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, who practices in Downey, CA and Lynwood, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ojha (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Dr. Ojha attended Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College for medical school. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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

Dr. John Lah is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lah accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is affiliated with PIH Health.

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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 an adult gastroenterology specialist in Whittier, CA. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Ashok attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ashok is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Dr. Robert Andrew Mecum, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
12291 Washington Boulevard; Suite 304
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Robert Mecum is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Mecum speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with PIH Health. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Mecum completed residency programs at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mecum takes.

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Dr. Zelman G Weingarten, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
101 E Beverly Boulevard; Suite 301
Montebello, CA
 

Dr. Zelman Weingarten's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Weingarten is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at VA Long Beach Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, Dr. Weingarten speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Gaurang Chaurushia practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chaurushia attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Chaurushia completed residency programs at Sheth K.M. School of Postgraduate Medicine and Research and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Chaurushia (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health.

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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 is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. She 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. Dr. Palta speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Arash Zarimani is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Zarimani honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zarimani attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Zarimani speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Bill Kim works as an adult gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kim completed a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Kim is professionally 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frenkiel accepts. Dr. Frenkiel studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Frenkiel completed a residency program at White Memorial Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Frenkiel's hospital/clinic affiliations include PIH Health, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6315 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Ma works as a gastroenterologist in Whittier, CA. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ma's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ma is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9353 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Gareth Dulai is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Dulai is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and more.

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

Dr. Lisandro Quinones is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Montebello, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Quinones honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish.

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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 works in Bellflower, CA. He is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Rabanera studied medicine at 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 204
Montebello, CA
 

Dr. Abdul Alaama, who practices in Montebello, CA and Whittier, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Alaama's residency was performed at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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.