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We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept TRICARE near Long Beach, CA.

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

Dr. Barry Steinmetz sees patients in Long Beach, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Mini Mehra, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Avenue; Suite 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mini Mehra's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Mehra (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. She is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Mehra attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Mehra has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Dr. Mitchell Haven Katz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mitchell Katz practices pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Katz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Katz trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Anjuli Rani Kumar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Avenue; Suite 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Anjuli Kumar practices pediatric gastroenterology in Long Beach, CA and Torrance, CA. She is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Kumar performed her residency at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Kumar has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.