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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Marc Wishingrad practices adult gastroenterology in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Wishingrad's areas of expertise include nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Wishingrad graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wishingrad accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wishingrad include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Scleroderma, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. N. Elson is a gastroenterologist in Santa Monica, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. He is especially interested in liver disease, colorectal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Elson is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Elson attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He has an open panel.

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

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

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

Dr. Pedram Enayati is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Enayati (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Enayati include esophageal cancer, achalasia, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Enayati average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Enayati has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Pain, Achalasia, Nutrition Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophageal Spasm, Nausea, Intestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Sean C Lai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 1286w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Sean Lai's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of general care, liver disease, and intestinal (bowel) problems. Dr. Lai is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and Providence Saint John's Health Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Lai graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Esmail Hessami is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Burbank, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Hessami (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Persian. Dr. Hessami's areas of expertise include the following: liver disease, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). His professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Adventist Health System, and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Hessami graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Rahul Chhablani, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Chhablani (or staff) speaks Hindi. In his practice, he is particularly interested in liver disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Chhablani is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Chhablani completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Connolly include bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Dr. Connolly graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She 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)

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

Dr. Charles Frankel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Frankel's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai and Providence Saint John's Health Center. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Frankel's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts the following insurance: Cigna and Medicare. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Watson graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Clinical interests for Dr. Watson include bleeding, ablation, and ulcers. Dr. Watson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 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. 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 an adult gastroenterology, adult hematology, and adult oncology specialist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. After completing medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Clinical interests for Dr. Hecht include esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and genetic issues. Dr. Hecht takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hecht include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, 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)

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

Dr. Robert Gross is a gastroenterologist in Culver City, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, bronchitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Gross is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Before completing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Gross attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gross's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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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)

Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 325e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Shahrad Shamsi's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Shamsi is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. His areas of expertise consist of women's health issues, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shamsi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shamsi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Shamsi's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. David Yamini's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include hemorrhoid banding, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Yamini accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Yamini completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Yamini (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and Persian. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Brennan Spiegel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, heartburn, and diverticular disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Spiegel's education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, stomach problems, celiac disease, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pain, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Stomach Problems, Vomiting, Swallowing ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mary Farid works as an adult gastroenterologist in Santa Monica, CA and Burbank, CA. She is conversant in Arabic. Her areas of expertise include the following: bleeding, barrett's esophagus, and ulcers. Dr. Farid is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Providence Saint John's Health Center. She attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and then went on to complete her residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, VA Wadsworth Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Farid's office for an appointment.

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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, Gallstones, Enteroscopy, Acid Reflux, Esophagus ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kirsten Tillisch specializes in adult gastroenterology. She is especially interested in celiac disease and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Tillisch is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tillisch has received professional recognition including the following: 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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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.

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