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We found 11 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Samvel Hmayakyan, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
1133 S Central Avenue; Suite 1
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Samvel Hmayakyan works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family medicine physician in Glendale, CA. Dr. Hmayakyan's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Yerevan State Medical University and a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Hmayakyan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. He is affiliated with Adventist Health System.

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Dr. Carin Van Zyl, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
1200 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Carin Van Zyl is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and emergency medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include palliative care. Dr. Van Zyl is professionally affiliated with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC. She honors Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Van Zyl attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Van Zyl has received include Values in Action Award for Service with a Sense of Urgency, City of Hope; Board of Trustees Scholarship Award for 4.0 GPA in medical school; and Graduated first out of 182 from Chicago Medical School. Dr. Van Zyl (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care

Dr. Gustavo Alberto Alza Sr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
5224 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gustavo Alza is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Alza is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Alza (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Hospice, Mood Disorders

Dr. Debra Sue Lotstein, MD, MPH
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms #170
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Debra Lotstein is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include hospice (end-of-life care). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lotstein accepts. Dr. Lotstein's education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Hospice

Dr. Ilanit Brook, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms 54
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ilanit Brook is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist. Her areas of expertise consist of palliative care and alternative medicine. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Brook studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Brook trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Alternative Medicine

Dr. Alexander James Madonis, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Madonis works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Madonis honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is not currently accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Madonis is conversant in Polish.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, General Care, Hospice

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2020 Zonal Avenue; Ird 622
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Vishva Lakshman is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Lakshman has indicated that her clinical interests include hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. She is not currently accepting new patients. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Lakshman is conversant in Kannada.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, General Care, Hospice

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Patty Wu's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Wu is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2707 S Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Bassett Brown's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Brown (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Persian.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Aaron Storms is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Storms accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2707 S Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mehrangiz Cadry specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Cadry (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Cadry graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cadry is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more.

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What is Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

Palliative care refers to any medical care that focuses on treating a patient’s symptoms, such as pain, rather than directly addressing the underlying disease. Hospice care is a specific kind of palliative care that aims to make patients more comfortable at the end of their lives. Although hospice care and palliative care are two distinct medical specialties with their own definitions, they are very closely related to each other. Palliative care can technically be used at any stage of life; however when most people use the term palliative care, they are referring to hospice care -- making a terminally ill patient more comfortable when there is nothing more that medicine can do to treat their illness.

Hospice medicine is professional medical care for patients in the last 6 months or less of their lives. The aim of hospice is to provide quality of life rather than quantity and to make the patient and family as comfortable and supported as possible as they prepare for the natural process of death.

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives, whether that is at the patient’s home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, or in some cases a center run by the hospice. Care is provided by a team of professionals, which usually includes:
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Therapists or counselors
  • Chaplains, pastors, priests, imams, or other clergy
  • Volunteers, who help with day-to-day tasks

Hospice care provides medical care, treatments and medications, services such as physical therapy, equipment such as wheelchairs, community and religious connections, and emotional support.

Death can be a difficult event, and hospice aims to help tend to the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients at this time. After death, hospice often continues to support the family through the logistics of the funeral and any religious services as well as their grief process.