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We found 33 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' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Dr. Karnes obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Karnes is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karnes accepts. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. Robert Hae Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Orange, CA, San Diego, CA, and Long Beach, CA. In his practice, Dr. Lee focuses on esophageal cancer. Dr. Lee is affiliated with UC Irvine Health and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Lee obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Grant is a graduate of Albany Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Grant completed residency programs at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in endoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grant accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Grant include: Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. Dr. Grant is conversant in 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. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Ave 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Steinmetz attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Steinmetz has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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. Douglas Long Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Nguyen works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Nguyen's clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. After completing medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Outstanding Research Award - Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program and International Health Program Scholarship - Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. He speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen 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. Nimisha K Parekh, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Nimisha Parekh is a gastroenterologist in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Tustin, CA. In her practice, she is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease and women's health issues. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Parekh attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association and Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Joe Chen, who practices in Los Alamitos, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon problems, capsule endoscopy, and colorectal cancer screening. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Los Alamitos Medical Center. Dr. Chen is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Chen speaks Mandarin.

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

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

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

Dr. Songul Atay specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. Dr. Atay's professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She is a graduate of Ege University. In addition to English, Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish.

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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 Nguyen is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nguyen attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is especially interested in colon problems, capsule endoscopy, and upper endoscopy (EGD). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She is conversant in Vietnamese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Conrad Cox is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Cox has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Dr. Cox attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Dr. Cox is conversant in Spanish. He is 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

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

Dr. Norman Kuo's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kuo is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ), he performed his residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lakewood Hospital and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colonoscopy

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9353 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Gareth Dulai works as a gastroenterologist. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Dulai is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and more. Dr. Dulai obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Steven Derek Mills, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5901 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Steven Mills is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Mills include sigmoidoscopy, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Mills is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; Best Doctors in America (Colon & Rectal Surgery); and John E. Connolly Award by residents for best teaching. Dr. Mills is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anorectal problems, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, rectal problems, colorectal cancer, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Anorectal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jason Samarasena sees patients in Orange, CA and Long Beach, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Samarasena include barrett's esophagus, interventional endoscopy, and pancreatic cysts. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Samarasena attended Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Samarasena include: Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Samarasena is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreatic Cysts, Acid Reflux, Polyps, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Stamos, who practices in Orange, CA and Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, sigmoidoscopy, and diverticular disease. Dr. Stamos takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Stamos attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His distinctions include: America's Top Doctors (Colon & Rectal Surgery), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Best Doctors in America (Colon & Rectal Surgery). He is 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)

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

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German. Clinical interests for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. She studied medicine at Minsk State Medical Institute. She completed her residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Ayele an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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