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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 practices adult gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Karnes's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Karnes has received the following distinctions: 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Orange, CA, San Diego, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include esophageal cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lee include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lee is 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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Murrieta, CA, Orange, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Dr. Grant is conversant in Spanish. He is especially interested in endoscopy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Before performing his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Grant attended Albany Medical College for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Grant average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to 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.

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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. 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 works in Orange, CA and Long Beach, CA. Dr. Samarasena is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He attended medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Samarasena completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Samarasena has received the following distinctions: Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise 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. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as 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 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. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Ave 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Steinmetz's areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Steinmetz has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Tustin, CA. Dr. Parekh is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association and Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology. Dr. Parekh 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. Songul Atay, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 107
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Songul Atay's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. Dr. Atay accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Ege University. Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Turkish. Her professional affiliations include 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: colon problems, capsule endoscopy, and upper endoscopy (EGD). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Nguyen attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. She is 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, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Conrad Anthony Cox, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 303
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Conrad Cox's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Cox at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cox studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cox 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

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 addition to English, she speaks Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Sanmiguel focuses on achalasia, gastroparesis, and acid reflux (GERD). She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is a graduate of Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Sanmiguel accepts 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

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

Dr. Norman Kuo specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kuo include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Kuo's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) and residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. He is professionally affiliated with Lakewood Hospital and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colonoscopy

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

Dr. Michael Stamos is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stamos attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 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)

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. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. Dr. Ayele's hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. Dr. Ayele completed her residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German.

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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 is a perinatologist in Los Angeles, CA and Long Beach, CA. Dr. Wei's areas of expertise include the following: prenatal diagnosis and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Wei has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Wei (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Her 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.