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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. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Elson's areas of expertise include liver disease, colorectal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Elson attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Elson speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Sean C Lai, MD
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. He studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lai include general care, liver disease, and intestinal (bowel) problems. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Lai is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Lai is professionally affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and Providence Saint John's Health Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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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

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

Dr. Marc Wishingrad is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Wishingrad's areas of expertise include nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wishingrad takes. 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). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. His professional affiliations include VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Wishingrad is accepting 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
361 South Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Pedram Enayati works as an adult gastroenterologist in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Enayati's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, achalasia, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Providence Saint John's Health Center and Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Enayati takes. He has an open panel. Dr. Enayati obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Enayati (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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

Dr. Lynn Connolly's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Dr. Connolly honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: 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)

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

Dr. Esmail Hessami is an adult gastroenterologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of liver disease, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Hessami graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Hessami (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Armenian, and Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Adventist Health System, and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is accepting 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 is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. In his practice, he is particularly interested in liver disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Chhablani accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chhablani (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Chhablani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Medical Institute. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer

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

Dr. Charles Frankel's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Frankel is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai and Providence Saint John's Health Center. He accepts the following insurance: Cigna and Medicare. Dr. Frankel has an open panel. 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; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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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)

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

Dr. Shahrad Shamsi is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist in Santa Monica, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Shamsi average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of women's health issues, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shamsi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Shamsi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Shamsi is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. He has an open panel.

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Watson's clinical interests: bleeding, ablation, and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Watson takes. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Watson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Watson has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

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

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

Dr. Mary Farid is a gastroenterologist in Santa Monica, CA and Burbank, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: bleeding, barrett's esophagus, and ulcers. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Farid studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She trained at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, VA Wadsworth Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Farid is conversant in Arabic. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Farid is accepting 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, Enteroscopy, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, ... (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. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and genetic issues. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Hecht completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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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
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jeremy Schwartz is an adult gastroenterology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schwartz is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Schwartz completed a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Schwartz (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. His professional affiliations include Hackensack University Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai.

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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)

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

Dr. Robert Gross is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Gross include gastrointestinal bleeding, bronchitis, and crohn's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gross takes. Dr. Gross has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He 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. Kirsten Tillisch, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kirsten Tillisch practices adult gastroenterology in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Tillisch studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her clinical interests encompass celiac disease and colorectal cancer screening. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tillisch include: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Tillisch is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening

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

Dr. David Yamini is a gastroenterologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Yamini's areas of expertise include the following: hemorrhoid banding, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Yamini honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Yamini (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Persian.

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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)

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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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