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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Sheu include acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at National Taiwan University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Taiwanese. Dr. Sheu's professional affiliations include 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and colon problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Shindy is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shindy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Shindy attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Shindy is professionally 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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Yang has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yang include colon cancer, liver disease, and capsule endoscopy. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital. Dr. Yang is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, she performed 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.

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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 specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Sentovich is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sentovich completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and rectal problems. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Sentovich has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; NIH Short Term Training Grant UCLA.; and New England Society of Colon & Rectal. He offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Dr. Sentovich welcomes 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. David J Lourie, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
50 Bellefontaine Street; Suite 302
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. David Lourie's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and da vinci surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lourie honors. Dr. Lourie graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Lourie (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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

Dr. Samuel Chung works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Duarte, CA, South Pasadena, CA, and Arcadia, CA. He speaks Cantonese. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Chung is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. After attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center and Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Chung honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

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

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. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. In Dr. Koutnouyan's practice, he is particularly interested in anti-aging, thyroid problems, and skin cancer. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Koutnouyan has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan has an open panel.

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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)

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 practices general surgery, transplant surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine) in Los Angeles, CA and Pasadena, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Selby include liver cancer, hepatobiliary surgery, and pancreatic surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Selby studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Selby's residency was performed at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency. His distinctions 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. 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

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Specializes in General Surgery
1812 Verdugo Boulevard
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Jose Perez is a general surgeon. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut, and Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Perez has received distinctions including Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine, 2012, 2013; Patient Care Award, Stamford Hospital, 2005-2006; and J. Forbes Rogers Research Award, Stamford Hospital, 2002-2003. Dr. Perez speaks Spanish. His professional 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. Helen K Chen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Helen Chen is a radiation oncology specialist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Chen attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Chen's clinical interests 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. She has received the following distinctions: 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 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 Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
800 Fairmount Avenue; Suite 325
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. K. Durairaj is a plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist. She speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Durairaj's clinical interests: sleep disorders, anti-aging, and migraine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Durairaj has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Sinus Surgery, Acid Reflux, Migraine, Sleep ... (Read more)

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, who practices in Glendale, CA and Torrance, CA, is a medical specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests encompass acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. Dr. Mazaheri takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Mazaheri welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. For his professional training, Dr. Mazaheri completed residency programs at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee is a general surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Erhunmwunsee include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and robotic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Erhunmwunsee honors. She attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Her distinctions include: Woodruff Scholarship; Emory University Full Merit-based Scholarship; and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Erhunmwunsee is 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. Mark V McNamara, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue; Suite 400
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Mark McNamara practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise consist of general care and blood disorders. He takes 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. Dr. McNamara has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. McNamara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. His professional 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. Rahul Grover, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
65 N Madison Avenue; Suite 709
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Rahul Grover is a pediatrician in West Hollywood, CA, Pasadena, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Grover include diarrhea, immunization (preventive vaccines), and ear infection. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Grover is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Grover graduated from Armed Forces Medical College and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Grover (or staff) speaks Spanish, Russian, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, constipation

All Interests: Immunization, Ear Infection, Acne, Sports Physicals, Enuresis, Chronic Cough, Constipation, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jae Kim is a thoracic surgery specialist in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Kim attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

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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.