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We found 12 endocrinologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Lakewood, CA.

Dr. Richard A Berkson, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1868 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Richard Berkson is an adult endocrinology specialist in Long Beach, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Berkson is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berkson takes. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Berkson has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and ProHealth Partners. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Lauren Eun-Jung Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2699 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Lauren Choi sees patients in Long Beach, CA and Torrance, CA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Choi takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She speaks Korean. She is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Craig Lee Olsen, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4281 Katella Avenue; Suite 220
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Craig Olsen practices adult endocrinology in Los Alamitos, CA. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Dr. Mario Ignacio Brakin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2650 Elm Avenue; Suite 210
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mario Brakin's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Brakin is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Maimonides Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Brakin include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Brakin is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. James Kuang Tam, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
2699 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. James Tam's medical specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tam graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Steven Loy Ngan Eng, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3300 E South Street; #103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Steven Eng, who practices in Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Eng is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Eng takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
7601 East Imperial Highway
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Sylvia Shaw's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Shaw honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Amrit S Bhangoo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2650 Elm Avenue; Suite #210
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Amrit Bhangoo specializes in pediatric endocrinology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Bhangoo (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Dr. Pablito Garcia Nagpala, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2650 Elm Avenue; Suite 210
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Pablito Nagpala practices pediatric endocrinology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Nagpala trained at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn for residency. Dr. Nagpala (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Kanchana R Viswanathan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 100
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Kanchana Viswanathan is an adult endocrinologist. Dr. Viswanathan is conversant in Tamil. Her professional affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and ProHealth Partners. She graduated from Stanley Medical College and The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and then she performed her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Michael Reese Hospital. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Alex Kutas, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3300 E South Street; Suite 103
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Alex Kutas practices adult endocrinology in Long Beach, CA and Lakewood, CA. He is especially interested in diabetes. Dr. Kutas has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Kutas speaks Spanish. Dr. Kutas is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Diabetes

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3621 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 1
Lynwood, CA
 

Dr. Diana Echeverry-Franck is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Echeverry-Franck is conversant in Spanish.

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What is Endocrinology?

Endocrinology is a medical specialty that deals with glands and hormones. Hormones are substances that act like chemical messengers between parts of the body. They are produced by glands, and travel in the bloodstream throughout the body where they act on different organs and cells to affect many different functions of life. Hormones control our appetite, growth, reproduction, and energy. When there is too little or too much of a hormone, an endocrinologist can help restore the balance.

Endocrinology problems are sometimes difficult and complex because hormones travel throughout the body and can affect more than one system. A single, simple imbalance can produce multiple, very different symptoms. Just a few of the diverse diseases treated by an endocrinologist include:
  • Diabetes (where insulin is not produced in the body or is not working well, and blood sugar levels rise, which damages tissues)
  • Hypothyroidism (where thyroid hormones are not produced well, reducing cell metabolism and energy)
  • Precocious Puberty (where reproductive hormones are produced too early in a child’s life)
  • Gigantism (where growth hormones are overproduced, leading to unusual size)

Endocrinology can contain subspecialties where physicians focus their care on specific groups of patients. For example, some endocrinologists are diabetic endocrinologists who know specifically how to care for diabetics’ particular needs in eye care, circulation, and foot care. Pediatric endocrinologists treat children. Whatever their subspecialty, all endocrinologists have the same goal: restoring balance when the body’s messaging system is not working correctly.