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 is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Hmayakyan's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hmayakyan accepts. He graduated from Yerevan State Medical University and then he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 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's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and emergency medicine. Dr. Van Zyl (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Her areas of expertise include palliative care. Her professional affiliations include USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Van Zyl graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. She is an in-network provider for 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's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. Dr. Alza is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Alza attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Alza (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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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 medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Lotstein is especially interested in hospice (end-of-life care). She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Lotstein's medical residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lotstein accepts.

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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 specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Areas of expertise for Dr. Brook include palliative care and alternative medicine. Dr. Brook is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Brook attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Brook has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. She is professionally 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 specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He works in San Diego, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise include hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. Dr. Madonis accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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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's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She has indicated that her clinical interests include hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lakshman attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Lakshman trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for her residency. She is conversant in Kannada. Her hospital/clinic 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

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

Dr. Bassett Brown's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at 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 is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She studied medicine at 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 is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Storms accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. 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's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine; she sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Cadry attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Cadry (or staff) is conversant in 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.