We found 26 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Pasadena, CA.

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

Dr. Waleed Shindy sees patients in Pasadena, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shindy 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). He has received the following distinction: 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. Yeong An A Sheu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1118 S. Garfield Avenue; Suite 203
Alhambra, CA
 

Dr. Yeong Sheu is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine. He trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Sheu include acid reflux (GERD). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Accountable Health Plans, and more. Dr. Sheu is conversant in Taiwanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Alhambra Hospital Medical Center (AHMC). He is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Pasadena, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Arcadia, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and liver disease. Dr. Yamaga honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Her distinctions include: Children's Hospital Los Angeles Research Institute Poster Session, 2000; Pasadena Top Doctors, 2011 and Southern California Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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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, who practices in Pasadena, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Yang graduated from Rush Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Yang completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Yang is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Yang (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Dr. Yang 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's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, rectal surgery, and colon cancer. Dr. Sentovich is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Sentovich's distinctions 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's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. He welcomes new 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 practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lourie include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lourie is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lourie attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained at Huntington Memorial Hospital for residency. 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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chung include lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chung obtained his medical school training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Boston Medical Center and Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Chung has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. He speaks Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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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 specializes in radiation oncology and practices in South Pasadena, CA and Duarte, CA. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Clinical interests for Dr. Chen include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and lung cancer. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her distinctions include: Nominated Pasadena Top Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Stanford University; and Cap and Gown Honor Society, Stanford University. Dr. Chen (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Chen's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Brain Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Sarcoma, Bone Problems, Skin Cancer, Rectal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. K. Durairaj specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and dermabrasion. Dr. Durairaj's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Durairaj graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Durairaj is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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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. 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 medical specialty is general surgery, transplant surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). His areas of clinical interest consist of liver cancer, hepatobiliary surgery, and pancreatic surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, Dr. Selby attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. 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.. Dr. Selby is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 works as a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist in Glendale, CA and Pasadena, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koutnouyan include thyroid problems, restylane, and laser surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Koutnouyan attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Koutnouyan 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. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He is accepting 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)

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 is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Pasadena, CA. His clinical interests include general care and blood disorders. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. McNamara obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Evanston Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. McNamara (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Chinese. Dr. McNamara is affiliated with 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's specialty is thoracic surgery. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

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

Dr. Nikolai Bildzukewicz's medical specialty is surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bildzukewicz include achalasia, gallbladder problems, and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Dr. Bildzukewicz is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. Before completing Dr. Bildzukewicz's residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Bildzukewicz attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Bildzukewicz accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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)

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

Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee, who practices in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA, is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Before performing her residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Erhunmwunsee attended Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and robotic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Erhunmwunsee accepts. Dr. Erhunmwunsee has received distinctions including 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 works as a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mazaheri include acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider 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. He is professionally affiliated with 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

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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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