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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Burbank, CA and Alhambra, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sheu include acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Accountable Health Plans, and more. He attended medical school at National Taiwan University School of Medicine. Dr. Sheu's medical residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. He speaks Taiwanese. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Waleed Shindy is an adult gastroenterologist in Pasadena, CA. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Shindy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Shindy attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Shindy is professionally 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. Ardath Kai Kei Yamaga, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
630 S Raymond Avenue; Unit #310
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Ardath Yamaga sees patients in Pasadena, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Arcadia, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and liver disease. Dr. Yamaga is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Yamaga accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received distinctions including 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. Julie Ting-Yu Yang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 410
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Julie Yang is an adult gastroenterologist in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Yang (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Dr. Yang is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. She studied medicine at Rush Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Yang honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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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's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Arcadia, CA, South Pasadena, CA, and Duarte, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Sentovich average 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, rectal surgery, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sentovich honors. Dr. Sentovich is open to new patients. He 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, Irvine for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sentovich include: Boston Super Doctors; NIH Short Term Training Grant UCLA; and New England Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award. Dr. Sentovich offers interpreting services for his patients.

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

Dr. David Lourie specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Pasadena, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lourie's areas of expertise include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and da vinci surgery. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lourie obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Lourie (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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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 is especially interested in lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with City of Hope. Dr. Chung is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center and Roger Williams Medical Center, Dr. Chung attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Chung speaks Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

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

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. She works in South Pasadena, CA and Duarte, CA. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Her clinical interests include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and lung cancer. Dr. Chen honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chen 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. Dr. Chen's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Kalpna Kay Durairaj, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
800 Fairmount Avenue; Suite 325
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. K. Durairaj is a specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Durairaj has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and dermabrasion. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Durairaj trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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's areas of specialization are general surgery, transplant surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA, Whittier, CA, and Pasadena, CA. Dr. Selby is especially interested in liver cancer, hepatobiliary surgery, and pancreatic surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Selby's training includes a residency program at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Selby include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Keck Medicine of USC, and PIH Health.

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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 practices plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before performing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Koutnouyan attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Koutnouyan's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, restylane, and laser surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. Dr. Koutnouyan has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care and blood disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. McNamara graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Evanston Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. McNamara (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Chinese. Dr. McNamara's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

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

Dr. Jae Kim practices thoracic surgery. Dr. Kim graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kim completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kim is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee is a specialist in thoracic surgery. In her practice, she is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and robotic surgery. Dr. Erhunmwunsee accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Erhunmwunsee's training includes a residency program at Duke University Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Erhunmwunsee include: Woodruff Scholarship; Emory University Full Merit-based Scholarship; and Phi Beta Kappa. She is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Ata Mazaheri, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1560 E Chevy Chase Drive; Suite 450
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Ata Mazaheri's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mazaheri include acid reflux (GERD). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Mazaheri graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Persian. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Other, Critical Care
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue; Suite 286
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Steve Chen works as a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, and intensivist. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), pyloric stenosis, and hernia surgery. Before completing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Texas Children's Hospital, Dr. Chen attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish. Dr. Chen's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Cedars-Sinai. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pyloric stenosis, appendicitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Tumor, Appendicitis, Pyloric Stenosis, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Surgery ... (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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