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Dr. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Avenue; Suite 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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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Mitchell Katz's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Katz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Katz is affiliated with 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. Dr. Katz takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he 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. Mini Mehra, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mini Mehra practices pediatric gastroenterology in Long Beach, CA and Torrance, CA. Dr. Mehra (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Mehra is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Anjuli Kumar's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is a graduate of New York Medical College. Dr. Kumar's residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Orange County. She has received the following distinction: 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.
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