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

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

Dr. William Karnes works as an adult gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave Dr. Karnes a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karnes accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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

Dr. Robert Lee is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Orange, CA, San Diego, CA, and Long Beach, CA. His clinical interests encompass esophageal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Lee attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee accepts. 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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Grant's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Grant has a special interest in endoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Grant is a graduate of Albany Medical College. He completed his residency training at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Douglas Nguyen's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. He has received distinctions including Outstanding Research Award - Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program and International Health Program Scholarship - Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.

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

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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Ave 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He has a special interest 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. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Steinmetz has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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

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

Dr. Nimisha Parekh works as a gastroenterologist. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Dr. Parekh takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Parekh 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

Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Jason Samarasena practices gastroenterology (digestive system) in Orange, CA and Long Beach, CA. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Samarasena honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Samarasena 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Joe Chen's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. Dr. Chen honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. 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. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Chen is professionally 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 107
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Songul Atay works as an adult gastroenterologist in Los Alamitos, CA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. Dr. Atay honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She attended medical school at Ege University. In addition to English, Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Thai-Van Nguyen's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Nguyen attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Nguyen include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen 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, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Conrad Cox works as an adult gastroenterologist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Cox's hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Cox takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5401 E El Jardin Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Claudia Sanmiguel's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests encompass achalasia, gastroparesis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Sanmiguel is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Sanmiguel speaks Spanish.

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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 gastroenterologist in La Palma, CA. Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Lakewood Hospital and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). He trained at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital for residency. Dr. Kuo honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colonoscopy

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

Dr. Michael Stamos' medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Stamos is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: America's Top Doctors (Colon & Rectal Surgery), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Southern California Super Doctors.

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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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2840 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 465
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele works as an internist. She studied medicine at Minsk State Medical Institute. For her residency, Dr. Ayele trained at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ayele accepts. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German. Dr. Ayele is professionally affiliated with 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)

Specializes in Family Medicine
1333 Chestnut Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Oregel works as a family practice physician. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, diabetes management, and osteoporosis. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Oregel attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Oregel speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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