We found 32 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Lakewood, CA.

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

Dr. Kenneth Grant works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Murrieta, CA, Orange, CA, and Long Beach, CA. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Grant focuses on endoscopy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Grant has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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. William E Karnes Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. William Karnes is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Karnes is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Karnes has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology; American Federation of Clinical Research Award; and Merck Fellowship Training Grant.

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

Dr. Nimisha Parekh specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Parekh's professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. She studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Parekh completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Parekh has received 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. Robert Hae Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee practices adult gastroenterology in Orange, CA, San Diego, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lee include esophageal cancer. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Lee completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Lee takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer

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

Dr. Jason Samarasena is a specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Samarasena has received the following distinctions: Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Samarasena is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Los Alamitos, CA. Dr. Chen's clinical interests include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Chen speaks Mandarin.

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

Dr. Douglas Nguyen specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Orange, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Nguyen attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen has received the following distinctions: 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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

Dr. Thai Nguyen's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Nguyen include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. She is professionally affiliated with 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)

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

Dr. Barry Steinmetz, who practices in Long Beach, CA and Irvine, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Steinmetz's areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Steinmetz attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Conrad Cox is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cox has indicated that his clinical interests include ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Cox speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Songul Atay, who practices in Los Alamitos, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She attended medical school at Ege University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Atay include diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Atay honors. Dr. Atay (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Turkish. She is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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

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

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

Dr. Claudia Sanmiguel is an adult gastroenterologist in Long Beach, CA and Los Angeles, CA. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sanmiguel's areas of expertise consist of achalasia, gastroparesis, and acid reflux (GERD). She is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She graduated from Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Norman Kuo is an adult gastroenterology specialist in La Palma, CA. Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Clinical interests for Dr. Kuo include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. Before performing his residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital, Dr. Kuo attended Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) for medical school. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. Dr. Ayele is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. For her professional training, Dr. Ayele completed a residency program at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, HealthCare Partners, LLC, and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Samuel E Oregel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1333 Chestnut Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Oregel's medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Oregel include obesity, diabetes management, and osteoporosis. Dr. Oregel is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Dr. Oregel performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Diabetes Management, Osteoporosis, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
5901 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Steven Mills is a specialist in colon & rectal surgery. He works in Long Beach, CA, Orange, CA, and Costa Mesa, CA. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Mills is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anal cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Prolapse, Anal Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy

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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.

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