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We found 14 gastroenterologists who accept L.A. Care Health Plan HMO near Hacienda Heights, CA.

Dr. Casey Shwu-Meei Fu-Liu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
16404 Colima Road; 1st Floor
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Casey Fu-Liu specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology and practices in Pasadena, CA and Hacienda Heights, CA. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fu-Liu is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and a graduate of Huntington Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Fu-Liu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese.

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Dr. Edward Palmer Laurance, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
1433 W. Merced Avenue; #102
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Edward Laurance specializes in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Sierra Madre, CA, West Covina, CA, and Upland, CA. Dr. Laurance's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Laurance is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and PIH Health. Dr. Laurance is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
14350 Whittier Boulevard; Suite 205
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Panguluri is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. Dr. Panguluri (or staff) speaks Telugu and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12486 Washington Boulevard
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Barton Ueki's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ueki accepts Health Net and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ueki is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
906 S Sunset Avenue
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Mumtaz Akram is an adult gastroenterologist in West Covina, CA. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Akram accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Khyber Medical College, he performed his residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1850 S. Azusa; #208
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Chia-Chi Lai, who practices in Monterey Park, CA and Hacienda Heights, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Lai's medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2440 S Hacienda Boulevard; Suite 105
Hacienda Hts, CA
 

Dr. Mark Li's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Li is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Sartaj Arora is an adult gastroenterology specialist in West Covina, CA. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Arora average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arora is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7957 S. Painter Avenue; Suite 101
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Abdul Alaama's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Alaama speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Corina, CA
 

Dr. Osama Sidhom's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sidhom studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sidhom (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Suresht Sharma is a West Covina, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Guru Nanak Dev University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sharma is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Truong sees patients in West Covina, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17170 Colima Road; Suite E
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Ching-Hsiu Chen's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen takes. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17170 Colima Road; Suite E
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Sam Kam is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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.