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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. Patient ratings for Dr. Elson average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in liver disease, colorectal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Elson takes. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Elson completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Sean Lai is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Santa Monica, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Northridge, CA. Dr. Lai speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. His areas of expertise include the following: general care, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. He attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Lai is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lai honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Chhablani (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of clinical interest consist of liver disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Chhablani is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Chhablani is a graduate of Rush Medical College. He completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Chhablani is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer

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

Dr. Lynn Connolly specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Connolly studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Connolly completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Connolly has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

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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
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Marc Wishingrad's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Wishingrad include nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wishingrad is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Wishingrad trained 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. In addition to English, Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Wishingrad has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. Pedram Enayati is a Beverly Hills, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Enayati average 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, achalasia, and liver disease. Dr. Enayati is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Enayati is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Enayati has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Enayati (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian.

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

All Interests: Pain, Achalasia, Nutrition Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophageal Spasm, Nausea, Weight ... (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. Before performing his residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport and Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Hessami attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school. His areas of expertise include liver disease, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Hessami honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hessami (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Armenian, and Persian. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. Dr. Hessami is accepting new patients.

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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 is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shamsi completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His areas of clinical interest consist of women's health issues, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). The average patient rating for Dr. Shamsi is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shamsi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shamsi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. 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, Hemorrhoids, Women's Health Issues

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jeremy Schwartz's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schwartz include gastrointestinal bleeding, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Schwartz trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Schwartz (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian.

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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)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Charles Frankel works as an adult gastroenterologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Frankel's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cigna and Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Frankel attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Frankel has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. 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. Rabindra Richard Watson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Rabindra Watson's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include bleeding, ulcers, and interventional endoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Dr. Watson performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with 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 Cyst, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alireza Sedarat is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include bleeding, ulcers, and interventional endoscopy. United Healthcare Compass, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sedarat honors. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. 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: Clinical Trials, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Interventional ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Gross sees patients in Culver City, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gross include gastrointestinal bleeding, bronchitis, and crohn's disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Gross a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Gross is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gross is 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Farid include bleeding, barrett's esophagus, and ulcers. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She graduated from 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). Dr. Farid is conversant in Arabic. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. She has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. David Yamini practices adult gastroenterology in Loma Linda, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Yamini (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Persian. His areas of expertise include the following: hemorrhoid banding, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Yamini is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Yamini studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Yamini honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, stomach problems, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Pain, Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Rectal Bleeding, Biliary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Ziring, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ziring's clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Ziring trained at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Ziring is affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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.