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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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is especially interested 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. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. He is 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
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mini Mehra is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehra obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Mehra has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Mehra (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. She is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Mitchell Katz is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Katz has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Katz has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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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, who practices in Long Beach, CA and Torrance, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kumar is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at Children's Hospital of Orange County. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kumar has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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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.