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We found 25 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Pasadena, CA.

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. In Dr. Sheu's practice, he is particularly interested in acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended National Taiwan University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. Dr. Sheu speaks Taiwanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shindy is especially interested in cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and colon problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shindy accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Shindy has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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

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

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

Dr. Julie Yang's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Yang has indicated that her clinical interests include colon cancer, liver disease, and capsule endoscopy. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Yang (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer

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

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

Dr. Stephen Sentovich works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. On average, patients gave Dr. Sentovich a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and rectal problems. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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, Irvine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; NIH Short Term Training Grant UCLA.; and New England Society of Colon & Rectal. Dr. Sentovich offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Dr. Sentovich is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Samuel Chung works as an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chung include lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with City of Hope. Dr. Chung honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center and Roger Williams Medical Center. 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. David J Lourie, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
50 Bellefontaine Street; Suite 302
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. David Lourie sees patients in Pasadena, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He is especially interested in laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lourie is professionally 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 distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Lourie (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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

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

Dr. Robert Selby is a general surgery, transplant surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist in Los Angeles, CA and Pasadena, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in liver cancer, hepatobiliary surgery, and pancreatic surgery. Dr. Selby honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.. Dr. Selby speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Helen Chen's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chen include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and lung cancer. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Chen performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She has received distinctions including Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Stanford University; Cap and Gown Honor Society, Stanford University; and Eastman Kodak Scholar, Stanford University1981. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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

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

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

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan specializes in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Koutnouyan's clinical interests include anti-aging, thyroid problems, and skin cancer. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Koutnouyan has received the following distinctions: 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 open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Acid ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery
1812 Verdugo Boulevard
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Jose Perez specializes in general surgery and practices in Glendale, CA. Dr. Perez takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut, and Westchester Medical Center. His distinctions 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. Dr. Perez is affiliated with 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. Loretta Erhunmwunsee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee is a general surgeon and chest surgeon in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and robotic surgery. Dr. Erhunmwunsee is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and then she performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Erhunmwunsee is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received distinctions including Woodruff Scholarship; Emory University Full Merit-based Scholarship; and Phi Beta Kappa.

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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 specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Glendale, CA and Torrance, CA. He is especially interested in acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Mazaheri honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) speaks French and Persian. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. He is affiliated with City of Hope. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts. He is a graduate of 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).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

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 areas of expertise consist of general care and blood disorders. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Evanston Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. McNamara (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Chinese. He 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. Howard S Kaufman, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
10 Pico Street
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Howard Kaufman's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. He has a special interest in colon surgery, colon cancer, and pelvic floor dysfunction. He honors Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaufman studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kaufman has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Colon Cancer, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nikolai Bildzukewicz is a specialist in surgery. Dr. Nikolai Bildzukewicz works in Los Angeles, CA, Glendale, CA, and Newport Beach, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bildzukewicz include achalasia, gallbladder problems, and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Dr. Bildzukewicz is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Bildzukewicz takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bildzukewicz's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. 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.