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We found 79 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Medicare near Marina Del Rey, CA.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 1170
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. N. Elson's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in liver disease, colorectal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Patient ratings for Dr. Elson average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Elson accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Elson is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Cancer, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Lynn Rochelle Connolly, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 16th Street; Suite 3100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Lynn Connolly sees patients in Santa Monica, CA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Connolly is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Connolly accepts. Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Connolly attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Connolly has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Anorectal Manometry, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 1286w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Sean Lai is a gastroenterologist in Santa Monica, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Northridge, CA. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lai include general care, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Lai's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lai is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Hepatitis A, General Care

Dr. Rahul Kishin Chhablani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
514 S Barrington Avenue; #102
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Rahul Chhablani's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Chhablani (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chhablani include liver disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Medical Institute. He attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Chhablani welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 360w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Marc Wishingrad specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Wishingrad's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Wishingrad include nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wishingrad accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, gastrointestinal motility disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Bulimia, Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Esmail David Hessami, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Esmail Hessami's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Hessami (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Hessami include liver disease, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Hessami is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. Dr. Hessami attended medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids

Dr. Shahrad Radi Shamsi, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 325e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Shahrad Shamsi's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Shamsi focuses on women's health issues, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shamsi honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shamsi attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shamsi trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Shamsi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Shamsi is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Hemorrhoids, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Rabindra Richard Watson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Rabindra Watson specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. His clinical interests include bleeding, ulcers, and interventional endoscopy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Dr. Watson completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Watson has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Bleeding, Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreatic Cysts, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Alireza Sedarat, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 16th Street; Suite 3100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Alireza Sedarat works as an adult gastroenterologist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sedarat include bleeding, ulcers, and interventional endoscopy. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sedarat's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Clinical Trials, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Interventional ... (Read more)

Dr. David Alexander Ziring, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 202
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Ziring specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Ziring is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Orange County.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 360w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Charles Frankel works as a gastroenterologist in Santa Monica, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Frankel include gastrointestinal bleeding, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Frankel attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Frankel is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cigna and Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Frankel's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, diverticular disease, heartburn, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Randolph Hecht, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 600, Cancer Care - Santa Monica, Suite 600
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Joel Hecht is a specialist in adult gastroenterology, adult hematology, and adult oncology. Dr. Hecht studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and genetic issues. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Hecht has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon problems, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Cancer Prevention, Biliary Disorders, Colon Problems, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10100 Culver Boulevard; Suite A
Culver City, CA
 

Dr. Robert Gross is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gross attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, bronchitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Gross's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gross include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Gross speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pain, Bronchitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Upper Endoscopy, Nausea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Farid, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1223 16th Street; Suite 3100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Mary Farid, who practices in Santa Monica, CA and Burbank, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Farid attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Her medical residency was performed at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, VA Wadsworth Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her clinical interests include bleeding, barrett's esophagus, and ulcers. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Farid accepts. Dr. Farid is conversant in Arabic. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Polypectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kirsten Tillisch's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She is especially interested in celiac disease and colorectal cancer screening. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Tillisch accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Tillisch trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
361 South Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Pedram Enayati is an adult gastroenterology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Enayati performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Enayati include esophageal cancer, achalasia, and inflammatory bowel disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Enayati speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, stomach problems, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pain, Achalasia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Nausea, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.