We found 12 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's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. He practices in Glendale, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hmayakyan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Hmayakyan attended Yerevan State Medical University for medical school. Dr. Hmayakyan (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. He is professionally 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 works in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Van Zyl (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Van Zyl include palliative care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Van Zyl attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She takes Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Van Zyl 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.

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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 physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alza honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Alza (or staff) speaks 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's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Lotstein's clinical interests encompass hospice (end-of-life care). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Hospice

Dr. Khurram Jehangir Jehangir Khan, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 3000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Khurram Khan, who practices in Rancho Mirage, CA and Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Khan honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College.

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

Dr. Ilanit Brook specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Her areas of expertise consist of palliative care and alternative medicine. Dr. Brook accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She graduated from 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. Dr. Brook 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in San Diego, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise consist of hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. Dr. Madonis honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to English, Dr. Madonis speaks Polish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, General Care, Hospice

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

Dr. Vishva Lakshman's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). In her practice, she is particularly interested in hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. Dr. Lakshman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Lakshman's training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She speaks Kannada. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, General Care, Hospice

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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brown takes. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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. Patty Wu's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Wu takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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

Dr. Aaron Storms sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Storms is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Mehrangiz Cadry's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She practices in Los Angeles, CA. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Cadry studied medicine at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Cadry (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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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.
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