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We found 43 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna near Redondo Beach, CA.

Dr. Oren Zaidel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
23600 Telo Avenue; Suite 260
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Oren Zaidel is a Torrance, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Zaidel trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zaidel has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Zaidel (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Zaidel is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer

Dr. Mark H Takemura, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
20911 Earl Street 280
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Mark Takemura is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Torrance, CA. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Takemura has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Takemura is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. 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. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3640 Lomita Blvd. 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz sees patients in Long Beach, CA, Torrance, CA, and Irvine, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Viktor Ernst Eysselein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21840 Normandie Avenue; Suite 700
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Viktor Eysselein is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Eysselein is a graduate of the University of Wurzburg Faculty of Medicine. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Eysselein (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
3440 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 420
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Sutha Sachar's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. These areas are among Dr. Sachar's clinical interests: obesity, pancreas problems, and liver disease. Dr. Sachar is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Nazir U Khaja, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
20911 Earl Street 180
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Nazir Khaja's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khaja (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Khaja has indicated that his clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Khaja graduated from Osmania Medical College. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3640 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 204
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Judy Law-Torok is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include general care, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Law-Torok accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Affiliated, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Law-Torok studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Liver Disease, General Care, Acid Reflux

Dr. Peter Bachel Shin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23326 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 140
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Peter Shin specializes in family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and general care. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shin obtained his medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, Dr. Shin (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Shin's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Parvin Fatheddin Peddi, MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Hematology
3445 Pacific Coast Highway; Suite 300
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Parvin Peddi practices medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). These areas are among her clinical interests: chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Peddi studied medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award; Chief Editor of Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 33rd Edition; and Mentors in Medicine Research Award, Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Peddi speaks Persian. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Peddi's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon problems, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Liver Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Edward Camel, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison Street; Suite 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. James Camel is a general surgery specialist in Torrance, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, pancreas problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Camel is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Camel's training includes residency programs at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Camel average 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Camel takes. Dr. Camel's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Breast Surgery, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Skin Cancer, Acid Reflux, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Ramos Lopez Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery
20911 Earl Street; 245
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Richard Lopez's area of specialization is general surgery. Dr. Lopez's education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. These areas are among his clinical interests: liver cancer and pancreatic cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lopez is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Hepatitis A

Dr. Houman Esmailzadeh, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison Street; Suite 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Houman Solomon specializes in general surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Solomon at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and cancer. He is affiliated with UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Solomon is open to new patients. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, colon problems, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Obesity, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. Melanie Hope Friedlander, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison Street; Suite 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Friedlander's medical specialty is general surgery. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Friedlander performed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, thyroid problems, and breast surgery. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Friedlander's professional affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She has an open panel.

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

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Dr. Stanley R Klein, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
23451 Madison Street; Suite 300, Building 7
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Stanley Klein is a Torrance, CA physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency. He is especially interested in pancreas problems, stomach problems, and liver disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Klein a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Klein has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Klein has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Stomach Problems, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. Azhar Muttalib, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Blvd. 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Azhar Muttalib's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Muttalib (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Armenian. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and general care. Dr. Muttalib's professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. After completing medical school at Osmania University, Kakatiya Medical College, and Rangaraya Medical College, Dr. Muttalib performed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Meena Oberoi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Blvd. 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Meena Oberoi's areas of specialization are family medicine and general internal medicine; she sees patients in Torrance, CA. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include obesity, menopause, and diabetes management. Dr. Oberoi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She graduated from King George Medical University. She completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Dr. Oberoi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Oberoi welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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.