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. Before completing her residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Fu-Liu attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Fu-Liu an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Mandarin.

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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's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Laurance takes. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laurance is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Adventist Health System, and PIH Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Mark Wen Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2440 S Hacienda Boulevard; Suite 105
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Mark Li, who practices in Hacienda Heights, CA and West Covina, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Li's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Li accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin.

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

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Panguluri is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Panguluri honors. Dr. Panguluri graduated from Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. Dr. Panguluri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12486 Washington Boulevard
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Barton Ueki is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Whittier, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ueki is in-network for Health Net and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Ueki attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Ueki is conversant in Spanish. He 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 gastroenterology specialist in West Covina, CA. Before completing his residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital, Dr. Akram attended medical school at Khyber Medical College. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Akram is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Chia-Chi Lai's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lai takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Taipei Medical University and a graduate of St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis' residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7957 S. Painter Avenue; Suite 101
Whittier, 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Sartaj Arora is an adult gastroenterologist in West Covina, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Arora a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arora honors. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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

Dr. Osama Sidhom is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in West Corina, CA. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sidhom studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, 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. Patrick Truong is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Suresht Sharma is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sharma is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

Dr. Ching-Hsiu Chen is an adult gastroenterology specialist. She speaks Mandarin. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Chen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Sam Kam's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He honors 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.