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

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in acid reflux (GERD). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sheu takes. He graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine. He trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Sheu 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 a gastroenterologist. Patients gave Dr. Shindy an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and colon problems. He accepts 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. Dr. Shindy 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Pasadena, CA. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for her residency. These areas are among Dr. Yang's clinical interests: colon cancer, liver disease, and capsule endoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Yang average 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Yang has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Yang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Dr. Yang is 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's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Sentovich's clinical interests: colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and rectal problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Sentovich attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sentovich 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. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Dr. Sentovich's practice is open to 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; Ac 1076
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Chung's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Duarte, CA, South Pasadena, CA, and Arcadia, CA. In Dr. Chung's practice, he is particularly interested in lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chung accepts. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Boston Medical Center and Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Chung has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. He is conversant in 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. David J Lourie, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
50 Bellefontaine Street; Suite 302
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. David Lourie is a Pasadena, CA physician who specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Patients rated Dr. Lourie highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and da vinci surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lourie has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Lourie (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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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 sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Pasadena, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery, transplant surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). His areas of expertise consist of liver cancer, hepatobiliary surgery, and pancreatic surgery. Dr. Selby is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Keck Medicine of USC. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, Dr. Selby attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Selby's 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 speaks Spanish.

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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 specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and lung cancer. Dr. Chen's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Dr. Chen is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Chen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chen include: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Stanford University; Cap and Gown Honor Society, Stanford University; and Eastman Kodak Scholar, Stanford University1981.

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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). She speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Durairaj's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and dermabrasion. Her professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Durairaj accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Durairaj has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan is a plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Glendale, CA and Pasadena, CA. Dr. Koutnouyan obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Koutnouyan include thyroid problems, restylane, and laser surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Koutnouyan include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Koutnouyan's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He welcomes 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. Loretta Erhunmwunsee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee practices general surgery and thoracic surgery in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Erhunmwunsee include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and robotic surgery. Dr. Erhunmwunsee is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, she performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Erhunmwunsee 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

Specializes in General Surgery
1812 Verdugo Boulevard
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Jose Perez, who practices in Glendale, CA, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Dr. Perez is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut, and Westchester Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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, Dr. Perez speaks Spanish. He 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. 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, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Pasadena, CA. His areas of expertise include general care and blood disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McNamara honors. Dr. McNamara is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Evanston Hospital's residency program. Dr. McNamara has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. McNamara (or staff) speaks 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. Jae Yul Kim, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Jae Kim is a physician who specializes in thoracic surgery. Clinical interests 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 honors. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Kim completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 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. 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; he sees patients in Glendale, CA and Torrance, CA. Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. Dr. Mazaheri studied medicine at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His medical residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mazaheri honors. 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. Nikolai Alexander Bildzukewicz, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1812 Verdugo Boulevard
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Nikolai Bildzukewicz, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, Glendale, CA, and Newport Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bildzukewicz include achalasia, gallbladder problems, and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Dr. Bildzukewicz accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Bildzukewicz studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Bildzukewicz's training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Bildzukewicz's distinctions 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. 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)

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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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