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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is especially interested in colon cancer, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Zaidel takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Zaidel has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Zaidel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Zaidel is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Torrance, CA. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Takemura accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Takemura is accepting new patients.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Long Beach, CA, Torrance, CA, and Irvine, CA. Dr. Steinmetz's areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Sutha Sachar practices adult gastroenterology in Torrance, CA. Dr. Sachar's clinical interests include obesity, pancreas problems, and liver disease. She takes Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sachar is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Dr. Sachar is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Allergies, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21840 Normandie Avenue; Suite 700
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Viktor Eysselein's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Eysselein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Dr. Eysselein's areas of expertise include acid reflux (GERD). 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. Dr. Eysselein graduated from the University of Wurzburg Faculty of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Eysselein's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Nazir Khaja practices adult gastroenterology in Torrance, CA. Dr. Khaja (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His areas of expertise include acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Khaja welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Judy Law-Torok, who practices in Torrance, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Law-Torok's areas of expertise include the following: general care, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Affiliated, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Law-Torok attended medical school 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. Kristin Karin Egan, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
2809 N Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Egan's specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Egan's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, rosacea, and dermabrasion. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Egan is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Peter Shin's specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shin include menopause, migraine, and general care. His professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Shin takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Shin attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Shin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Korean and Spanish.

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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, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Torrance, CA, is a medical specialist in medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). She speaks Persian. Her areas of expertise include chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer. Dr. Peddi's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Peddi performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Peddi takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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. She welcomes new patients.

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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 specializes in general surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Camel include minimally invasive surgery, pancreas problems, and thyroid problems. 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, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Camel is open to new patients. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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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 specialty is general surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Lopez attended Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez's areas of expertise include liver cancer and pancreatic cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Lopez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He welcomes new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and cancer. Dr. Solomon's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Solomon accepts. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at Huntington Memorial Hospital for his residency. Dr. Solomon's professional affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a specialist in general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedlander include minimally invasive surgery, thyroid problems, and breast surgery. Dr. Friedlander is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Friedlander is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Azhar Muttalib is a general internist. Dr. Muttalib's patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and general care. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Osmania University, Kakatiya Medical College, and Rangaraya Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for residency. Dr. Muttalib (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Armenian. Dr. Muttalib's hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, 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)

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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 specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery and practices in Torrance, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, stomach problems, and liver disease. Dr. Klein's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Klein speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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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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