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Dr. Yeong An A Sheu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1118 S. Garfield Avenue; Suite 203
Alhambra, CA
 

Dr. Yeong Sheu is a gastroenterologist in Burbank, CA and Alhambra, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Sheu is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Alhambra Hospital Medical Center (AHMC). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Sheu graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Sheu is conversant in Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Ardath Kai Kei Yamaga, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
630 S Raymond Avenue; Unit #310
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Ardath Yamaga is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and liver disease. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Yamaga is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Yamaga's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yamaga honors. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Yamaga include: Children's Hospital Los Angeles Research Institute Poster Session, 2000; Pasadena Top Doctors, 2011 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems

Dr. Waleed Wasfy Shindy, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
630 S. Raymond Avenue; Suite 240
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Waleed Shindy is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shindy honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shindy has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Biliary Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer

Dr. Julie Ting-Yu Yang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 410
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Julie Yang, who practices in Pasadena, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Yang performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Yang has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Yang (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. She is affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Capsule Endoscopy, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoid Banding, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids

Dr. Stephen M Sentovich, MBA, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Sentovich practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, rectal surgery, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Sentovich average 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Sentovich has received include Boston Super Doctors; NIH Short Term Training Grant UCLA; and New England Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Sentovich is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , anorectal problems, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Anorectal Problems, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Kalpna Kay Durairaj, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
800 Fairmount Avenue; Suite 325
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Kalpna Durairaj works as a facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durairaj include eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and dermabrasion. Patient ratings for Dr. Durairaj average 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Durairaj is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Durairaj's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Sleep Disorders, Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Chin Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. David J Lourie, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
50 Bellefontaine Street; Suite 302
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. David Lourie is a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon in Pasadena, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lourie's areas of expertise consist of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and da vinci surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Lourie attended Indiana University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Lourie (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel Wai-Kee Chung Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue; Ac 1076
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Chung's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Duarte, CA, South Pasadena, CA, and Arcadia, CA. Dr. Chung is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Boston Medical Center and Roger Williams Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chung has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. He is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Blood Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Lung Cancer

Dr. Jae Yul Kim, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Jae Kim sees patients in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. His medical specialty is thoracic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Dr. Kim is affiliated with City of Hope. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, Thymoma, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Helen K Chen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Helen Chen is a specialist in radiation oncology. Her areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and lung cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen takes. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Nominated Pasadena Top Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Stanford University; and Cap and Gown Honor Society, Stanford University. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

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Dr. Robert Rick Rick Selby, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Critical Care
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue; Suite 400
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Robert Selby practices general surgery, transplant surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine) in Los Angeles, CA, Whittier, CA, and Pasadena, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Selby include liver cancer, hepatobiliary surgery, and pancreatic surgery. Dr. Selby is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.. In addition to English, Dr. Selby speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 4, Huntington Hospital, and Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Pancreatic Surgery, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Liver Disease

Dr. Hrair A Koutnouyan, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 230
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan's areas of specialization are plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Glendale, CA and Pasadena, CA. Dr. Koutnouyan's clinical interests include thyroid problems, restylane, and laser surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Koutnouyan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Chin Surgery, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Sleep Apnea, Restylane, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
1812 Verdugo Boulevard
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Jose Perez's specialty is general surgery. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut, and Westchester Medical Center for residency. Dr. Perez is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine, 2012, 2013; Patient Care Award, Stamford Hospital, 2005-2006; and J. Forbes Rogers Research Award, Stamford Hospital, 2002-2003. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health System and Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

All Interests: Breast Issues, Biliary Disorders, Spider Veins, Colorectal Problems, Hernia

Dr. Eddie Hong-Lung Hu, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
707 S Garfield Avenue; Suite 304
Alhambra, CA
 

Dr. Eddie Hu is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. In addition to English, Dr. Hu (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hu include genetic issues, bone marrow transplant, and stem cell transplant. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Alhambra Hospital Medical Center (AHMC), and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Hu is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Molina Healthcare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hu include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Gynecologic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark V McNamara, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue; Suite 400
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Mark McNamara's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. McNamara's clinical interests encompass general care and blood disorders. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Evanston Hospital. Dr. McNamara has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. McNamara (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Chinese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Blood Disorders, Leukemia, General Care, Breast Cancer

Dr. Nikolai Alexander Bildzukewicz, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1812 Verdugo Boulevard
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Nikolai Bildzukewicz specializes in surgery. Dr. Bildzukewicz's clinical interests include achalasia, gallbladder problems, and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Dr. Bildzukewicz's professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 4 and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Bildzukewicz studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For Dr. Bildzukewicz's professional training, Dr. Bildzukewicz completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Bildzukewicz is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bildzukewicz include: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Top ten finalist for the American College of Surgeons 2010 Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching; and Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006-2008 and 2010-2011.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Gallbladder Problems, ... (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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