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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 is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist in Pasadena, CA and Hacienda Heights, CA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fu-Liu attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Fu-Liu speaks 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 specialties are adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Laurance attended Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Laurance is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Adventist Health System, and PIH Health. He has an open panel.

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Hacienda Heights, CA and West Covina, CA. Dr. Li has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Li speaks Mandarin.

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

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri is a gastroenterologist in Baldwin Park, CA, Whittier, CA, and Anaheim, CA. Dr. Panguluri attended medical school at Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Panguluri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12486 Washington Boulevard
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Barton Ueki is an adult gastroenterologist in Whittier, CA. Dr. Ueki attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Health Net and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. 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 a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in West Covina, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Akram attended Khyber Medical College and then went on to complete 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 practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Lai's medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. He honors 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. He works in West Covina, CA. Dr. Arora is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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

Dr. Abdul Alaama is an adult gastroenterologist in Montebello, CA and Whittier, CA. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Alaama attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Osama Sidhom, who practices in West Corina, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Sidhom (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sidhom 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
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Truong's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Truong takes.

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

Dr. Suresht Sharma specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in West Covina, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharma honors. Dr. Sharma studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University.

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

Dr. Ching-Hsiu Chen works as an adult gastroenterologist in Hacienda Heights, CA. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She speaks Mandarin.

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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. 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.