We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana near Encino, CA.

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Dr. Mordo Suchov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16260 Ventura Boulevard; Ste Ll-15
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Mordo Suchov specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Encino, CA. His clinical interests encompass acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Suchov is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Suchov trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. In addition to English, Dr. Suchov speaks Spanish. Dr. Suchov's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Adventist Health System, and AppleCare Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Ali Marni Strocker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
18425 Burbank Boulevard; Suite 412
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Ali Strocker is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: sleep disorders, acid reflux (GERD), and allergies. Dr. Strocker is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Strocker's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Acid Reflux

Dr. Kamran K Kamrava, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
6915 Reseda Boulevard; Suite I
Reseda, CA
 

Dr. Kamran Kamrava's medical specialty is general practice and family medicine. His areas of expertise include menopause, general care, and varicose veins. The average patient rating for Dr. Kamrava is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kamrava accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of The National University of Iran. Dr. Kamrava (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. His professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - NMG. Dr. Kamrava's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 224
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Darryl Ballin's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and addiction medicine. Dr. Ballin's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ballin include back pain, asthma, and neck pain. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Ballin takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ballin has received the distinction of Diplomat- American Board of Addiction Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, stomach problems, vomiting, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
16500 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 320
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Michael Reder specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Encino, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reder's areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, acid reflux (GERD), and allergies. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Reder studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He has received professional recognition including the following: Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Acid Reflux

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17777 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 209
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Victoria Borovsky works as an internist. Dr. Borovsky speaks Russian. Clinical interests for Dr. Borovsky include obesity, diabetes management, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Before performing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Borovsky attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Borovsky honors. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
15243 Van Owen Street; #403
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Michael Bloom sees patients in Van Nuys, CA. His medical specialty is osteopathic manipulative medicine. These areas are among Dr. Bloom's clinical interests: sleep disorders, obesity, and diabetes management. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Dr. Bloom is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16133 Venutra Boulevard; Suite 360
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Danny Farahmandian's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Farahmandian (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Farahmandian include sleep disorders, diabetes management, and osteoporosis. Dr. Farahmandian is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Farahmandian trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Farahmandian average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Jeffrey W Birns, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
18425 Burbank Boulevard; Suite 412
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Birns is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Birns's areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, acid reflux (GERD), and allergies. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Birns honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Birns include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Birns (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Acid Reflux

Dr. Karen I Virley, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12660 Riverside Drive; Suite 310
Valley Village, CA
 

Dr. Karen Virley's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Virley has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes management, depression, and asthma. She is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Virley attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Diabetes Management, Allergies, Acid Reflux, General Care, Asthma, Anxiety Disorders

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
16311 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 505
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Gingold, who practices in Encino, CA, is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include colon cancer, hemorrhoids, and rectal problems. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Gingold graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Gingold trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Intestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoids

Specializes in Adolescent Medicine, General Pediatrics
5400 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 326
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Krasnoff specializes in adolescent medicine and general pediatrics. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Krasnoff's clinical interests encompass asthma, acid reflux (GERD), and nutrition issues. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Krasnoff has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Krasnoff's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Asthma, Acid Reflux

Dr. Donna Marie Cashdan, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
4835 Van Nuys Boulevard; Suite 208
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Donna Cashdan's specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Cashdan average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cashdan's areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes management, and migraine. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Her medical residency was performed at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Dr. Cashdan is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Fuad F Rafidi, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
18226 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 102
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Fuad Rafidi specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rafidi include acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Rafidi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Philip Biderman, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
13320 Riverside Drive; Suite 110
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Philip Biderman sees patients in Sherman Oaks, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Biderman has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, breast surgery, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Biderman is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
16133 Ventura Boulevard; #400
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Gerald Weingarten specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Encino, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Weingarten is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weingarten include obesity, menopause, and general care. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Weingarten attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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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