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We found 31 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Lakewood, CA.

Dr. William Ernest Karnes Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. William Karnes' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Karnes attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Karnes has received include Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology; American Federation of Clinical Research Award; and Merck Fellowship Training Grant. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Hae Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee works as a gastroenterologist in Orange, CA, San Diego, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Dr. Lee's areas of expertise include esophageal cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer

Dr. Kenneth E Grant, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Grant is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Murrieta, CA, Orange, CA, and Long Beach, CA. His education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Grant's clinical interests encompass endoscopy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Grant has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Dr. Douglas Long Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Nguyen is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Orange, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, and Long Beach, CA. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nguyen trained at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nguyen has received distinctions including Outstanding Research Award - Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program and International Health Program Scholarship - Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. He is conversant in Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Ave 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jason Buddika Samarasena, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Jason Samarasena works as a gastroenterologist. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Samarasena takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Samarasena completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Interventional Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Stomach ... (Read more)

Dr. Joe Meannan Chen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Joe Chen works as a gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. Dr. Chen is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Chen is conversant in Mandarin. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Colon Problems, Capsule Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nimisha K Parekh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Nimisha Parekh's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Her education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Parekh takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Her distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association and Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Women's Health Issues, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Songul Atay, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 107
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Songul Atay sees patients in Los Alamitos, CA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She attended medical school at Ege University. Dr. Atay's areas of expertise include diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Turkish. She is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Nutrition Issues, Diverticular Disease, Cirrhosis, Colon Problems, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Thai-Van Van X. Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Thai-Van Nguyen's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nguyen's areas of expertise include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She speaks Vietnamese. She is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal problems, colon problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Colon Problems, Capsule Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 303
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Conrad Cox sees patients in Lakewood, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cox include ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Cox accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cox is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Ulcers

Dr. Claudia Patricia Sanmiguel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5401 E El Jardin Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Claudia Sanmiguel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise consist of achalasia, gastroparesis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Sanmiguel is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Sanmiguel completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Sanmiguel speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, gastroparesis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Acid Reflux

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5471 La Palma Avenue; Suite 105
La Palma, CA
 

Dr. Norman Kuo works as an adult gastroenterologist in La Palma, CA. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. Dr. Kuo is affiliated with Lakewood Hospital and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kuo studied medicine at Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). He trained at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital for his residency. Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colonoscopy

Dr. Etsegenet Tefera Ayele, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2840 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 465
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ayele graduated from Minsk State Medical Institute. Her medical residency was performed at Helene Fuld Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Ayele is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German. Her professional affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Sports Health, Gastrointestinal Problems, Restylane, Diabetes, Arthritis, Thyroid Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Lili Sheibani Sheibani, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2888 Long Beach Boulevard; #400
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Lili Wei's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Wei (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wei include prenatal diagnosis and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Keck Medicine of USC. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Wei attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Wei is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor; Charles R. Newton Jr. Medical Student Teaching Award, Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor; and Resident of the Year for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, LAC + USC.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Pregnancy, Endocrine Diseases, Prenatal ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael J. Jerry Stamos, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Stamos is a specialist in colon & rectal surgery. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Stamos attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stamos honors. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include America's Top Doctors (Colon & Rectal Surgery), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Stamos is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, rectal cancer, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Incontinence, Rectal Prolapse, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Rectal Cancer, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.