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

Dr. William Karnes, who practices in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Costa Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Dr. Karnes is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Karnes graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. 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, who practices in Orange, CA, San Diego, CA, and Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in esophageal cancer. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He studied medicine at 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Murrieta, CA, Orange, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Grant include endoscopy. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Albany Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Grant completed residency programs at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Grant's 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Orange, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, and Long Beach, CA. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His distinctions include: 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.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Steinmetz completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Steinmetz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Steinmetz's 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

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

Dr. Nimisha Parekh is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Parekh attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association and Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Jason Samarasena, who practices in Orange, CA and Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Samarasena is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Samarasena has received professional recognition including the following: 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 practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chen is conversant in Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chen include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Chen honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Songul Atay's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Atay studied medicine at Ege University. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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: , 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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Los Alamitos, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese. In her practice, she is particularly interested in esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. She is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen obtained her medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cox's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cox is affiliated with PIH Health.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology in Long Beach, CA and Los Angeles, CA. In Dr. Sanmiguel's practice, she is particularly interested in achalasia, gastroparesis, and acid reflux (GERD). She is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her education and training includes medical school at Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine and residency 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

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

Dr. Norman Kuo specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in La Palma, CA. Dr. Kuo is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) and performed his residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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 is an internist in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks Amharic, Spanish, and German. These areas are among Dr. Ayele's clinical interests: diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. She is a graduate of Minsk State Medical Institute and a graduate of Helene Fuld Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Ayele is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

Dr. Samuel Oregel specializes in family medicine and practices in Long Beach, CA and Agoura Hills, CA. Areas of expertise 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Oregel attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Oregel 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)

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

Dr. Lili Wei practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: prenatal diagnosis and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Wei honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Her distinctions 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. In addition to English, Dr. Wei (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Wei's professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Keck Medicine of 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)

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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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