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We found 22 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 addition to English, he speaks Taiwanese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sheu include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Sheu's professional affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Sheu honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
630 S. Raymond Avenue; Suite 240
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Waleed Shindy is an adult gastroenterologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shindy include heartburn, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and capsule endoscopy. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Shindy honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Shindy speaks Spanish. Dr. Shindy is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 410
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Julie Yang is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Yang (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoid banding, and liver disease. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Yang is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Yang has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Capsule Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, 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 is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Arcadia, CA, South Pasadena, CA, and Duarte, CA. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Sentovich's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. 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. Dr. Sentovich's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sentovich include: Boston Super Doctors; NIH Short Term Training Grant UCLA.; and New England Society of Colon & Rectal. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Anorectal Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Minimally Invasive ... (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 is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has a special interest in lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chung is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Chung completed residency programs at Boston Medical Center and Roger Williams Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. Dr. Chung 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. Alessio Pigazzi, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
209 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
S Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Alessio Pigazzi is a general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery specialist. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Pigazzi graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Resident Achievement Award - Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons; Alpha Omega Alpha - Honor Medical Society; and Savenor Prize for Student Excellence in Surgery - Boston University. Dr. Pigazzi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Pigazzi is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center, Huntington Hospital, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Rectal Problems, Hernia Surgery, Colon Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Polyps, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Selby is a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Dr. Selby's clinical interests include liver cancer, hepatobiliary surgery, and pancreatic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency. Dr. Selby has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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. 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: anti-aging, thyroid problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. Koutnouyan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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 thoracic surgeon in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. She is especially interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and robotic surgery. Dr. Erhunmwunsee is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. She graduated from Harvard Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Erhunmwunsee completed a residency program at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Erhunmwunsee honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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

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Specializes in General Surgery
1812 Verdugo Boulevard
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Jose Perez is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Dr. Perez is affiliated with Adventist Health System and Keck Medicine of USC. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Perez's medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut, and Westchester Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine, 2012, 2013; Patient Care Award, Stamford Hospital, 2005-2006; and J. Forbes Rogers Research Award, Stamford Hospital, 2002-2003. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

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

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

Dr. Jae Kim's specialty is thoracic surgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Kim attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kim include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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

Dr. Mohammad Reza Nahed, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Mohammad Nahed's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, osteoporosis, and asthma. The average patient rating for Dr. Nahed is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nahed is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Nahed speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Osteoporosis, Acid Reflux, Asthma

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 areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Mazaheri's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Mazaheri is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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 specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Pasadena, CA. Dr. McNamara's clinical interests include colon cancer, general care, and breast cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Keck Medicine of USC. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McNamara is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Evanston Hospital. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. McNamara (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

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

Dr. Nikolai Bildzukewicz is a medical specialist in surgery. Dr. Bildzukewicz's clinical interests include achalasia, gallbladder problems, and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Dr. Bildzukewicz is an in-network provider for 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. Dr. Bildzukewicz has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Bildzukewicz is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC.

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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. Rahul Grover, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
65 N Madison Avenue; Suite 709
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Rahul Grover is a general pediatrician in West Hollywood, CA, Pasadena, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from Armed Forces Medical College. He trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for his residency. Dr. Grover's areas of expertise include diarrhea, immunization (preventive vaccines), and ear infection. The average patient rating for Dr. Grover is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Grover (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Russian, and Hindi. He is 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)

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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.