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

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. She works in Pasadena, CA and Hacienda Heights, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - East West and AppleCare Medical Group. Dr. Fu-Liu graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She trained at Huntington Memorial Hospital for her residency. Patients rated Dr. Fu-Liu highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Sierra Madre, CA, West Covina, CA, and Upland, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Laurance attended medical school at Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laurance's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Adventist Health System, and PIH Health. He is accepting new patients.

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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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Li is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Li honors. Dr. Li is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Physician Associates IPA - Queen of Valley.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12486 Washington Boulevard
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Barton Ueki works as an adult gastroenterologist. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ueki accepts Health Net and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance.

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

Dr. Chia-Chi Lai is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Alhambra Hospital Medical Center (AHMC). Before performing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Dr. Lai attended Taipei Medical University for medical school. Dr. Lai is an in-network provider 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. Sartaj Arora is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Arora (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Arora graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Arora is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arora is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri, who practices in Baldwin Park, CA, Whittier, CA, and Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. Dr. Panguluri is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Panguluri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with AppleCare Medical Group.

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

Dr. Suresht Sharma's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sharma is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University.

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

Dr. Abdul Alaama sees patients in Montebello, CA and Whittier, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with AppleCare Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Alaama studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Alaama trained at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for residency. He speaks Arabic.

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

Dr. Christina Chen's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Chen attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She speaks Mandarin.

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

Dr. Osama Sidhom's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Sidhom studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sidhom (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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

Dr. Patrick Truong's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Truong is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Mumtaz Akram is an adult gastroenterologist. He attended medical school at Khyber Medical College. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Akram accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Sam Kam is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kam accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as 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.
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