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, who practices in Torrance, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Zaidel's areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Zaidel (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Zaidel 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Takemura is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Takemura's medical residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Takemura is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with 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

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

Dr. Sutha Sachar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include obesity, pancreas problems, and liver disease. She accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, Dr. Sachar completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Sachar speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. She is accepting 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)

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

Dr. Viktor Eysselein practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Eysselein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Dr. Eysselein's areas of expertise include acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Eysselein attended medical school at the University of Wurzburg Faculty of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Torrance, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khaja (or staff) speaks Urdu. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Khaja graduated from Osmania Medical College. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khaja honors. 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
3640 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 204
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Judy Law-Torok works as a gastroenterologist. Her clinical interests encompass general care, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Law-Torok is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Law-Torok honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Affiliated, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes 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 practices family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shin include menopause, migraine, and general care. Dr. Shin accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Shin (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish. His professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He welcomes 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 works as a medical oncologist and hematologist. Her areas of expertise include chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Peddi completed her residency training 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. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. 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. She is open to 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's area of specialization is general surgery. Dr. Camel's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, pancreas problems, and thyroid problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Camel takes. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Camel's medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with UCLA Health, 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: , 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 is a Torrance, CA physician who specializes in general surgery. Dr. Lopez attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His areas of expertise consist of liver cancer and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Lopez takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Lopez's practice is open to 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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Solomon include obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and cancer. Dr. Solomon honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Huntington Memorial Hospital for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Solomon's practice is open to 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's area of specialization is general surgery. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Friedlander's clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, thyroid problems, and breast surgery. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Friedlander's training includes residency programs at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Friedlander has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. She is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Klein's areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, stomach problems, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Klein's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Klein is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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Dr. Kristin Karin Egan, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
2809 N Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Egan is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Manhattan Beach, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Egan is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include sleep disorders, anti-aging, and acid reflux (GERD). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to 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). Dr. Egan has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Egan welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Acid Reflux, Anti-Aging

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

Dr. Azhar Muttalib is an internist in Torrance, CA. These areas are among Dr. Muttalib's clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and general care. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Dr. Muttalib attended medical school at Osmania University, Kakatiya Medical College, and Rangaraya Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Muttalib (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Armenian. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Muttalib's office for an appointment.

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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.