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

Dr. N. Elson is an adult gastroenterologist in Santa Monica, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in liver disease, colorectal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Elson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He has an open panel. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. 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

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

Dr. Sean Lai is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lai at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lai include general care, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lai graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. Dr. Lai welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Marc Wishingrad is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. Dr. Wishingrad is professionally affiliated with 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). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wishingrad has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He is accepting new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Pedram Enayati is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Enayati's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, achalasia, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is open to new patients. Dr. Enayati graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Enayati trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, 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, 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. Rahul Kishin Chhablani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
514 S Barrington Avenue; #102
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Rahul Chhablani is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Mission Hills, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Chhablani's areas of clinical interest consist of liver disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Medical Institute. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Chhablani (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Connolly is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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

Dr. Esmail Hessami specializes in 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. In his practice, he is particularly interested in liver disease, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Hessami (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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

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

Dr. Jeremy Schwartz is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schwartz honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schwartz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. He is affiliated with 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)

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

Dr. Shahrad Shamsi is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shamsi include women's health issues, hemorrhoids, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shamsi is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Shamsi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Charles Frankel is a Santa Monica, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Frankel is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He accepts the following insurance: Cigna and Medicare. He is open to new patients. Dr. Frankel attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Frankel include: 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)

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

Dr. Rabindra Watson is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Watson's clinical interests: 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. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. Dr. Watson has received the following distinction: 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. His clinical interests include bleeding, ulcers, and interventional endoscopy. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Sedarat honors United Healthcare Compass, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Sedarat completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Clinical Trials, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Interventional ... (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. Dr. Farid is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Before completing 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), Dr. Farid attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She is conversant in Arabic.

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

Dr. David Ziring specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Ziring accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital of Orange County for residency. Dr. Ziring is affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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's specialties are adult gastroenterology, adult hematology, and adult oncology. He practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. These areas are among Dr. Hecht's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and genetic issues. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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
10100 Culver Boulevard; Suite A
Culver City, CA
 

Dr. Robert Gross is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, bronchitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Gross is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Gross completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gross 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)

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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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