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We found 16 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept TRICARE near San Pedro, CA.

Dr. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3640 Lomita Blvd. 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Steinmetz's areas of clinical interest 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 accepts 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. Dr. Steinmetz has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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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
658 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Morris Taub works as a gastroenterologist. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Taub's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, holistic approaches, and liver disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Virginia Mason Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Taub is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Peter Shin's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Shin (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shin include menopause, migraine, and general care. Dr. Shin is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Shin accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He 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). Dr. Peddi graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Clinical interests for Dr. Peddi include chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Peddi 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 is conversant in Persian. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Her practice 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: Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Liver Cancer, Biliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Mona Shailesh Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1600 S Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Mona Shah's specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and general care. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She has an open panel. She attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Dr. Shah's residency was performed at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies and a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Menopause, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Sleep Disorders, Diabetes Management, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Azhar Muttalib's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Muttalib (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Armenian. His clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and general care. Dr. Muttalib is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Muttalib obtained his medical school training at Osmania University, Kakatiya Medical College, and Rangaraya Medical College and performed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Muttalib has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Sleep Disorders, Diabetes Management, Poisoning, Migraine, Obesity, Anti-Aging, ... (Read more)

Dr. Meena Oberoi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Meena Oberoi works as a family practitioner. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University, Dr. Oberoi attended medical school at King George Medical University. Dr. Oberoi's clinical interests include obesity, menopause, and diabetes management. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Oberoi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Oberoi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Daryl Robert Rheuark, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
24520 Hawthorne Blvd. 240
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Daryl Rheuark is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Rheuark obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Rheuark include sleep disorders, obesity, and migraine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rheuark's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Olga Michelle Olevsky, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3445 Pacific Coast Highway; 3rd Floor
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Olga Olevsky is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She speaks Russian. Dr. Olevsky's clinical interests include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Dr. Olevsky's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Olevsky honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Xiu Qing Jenny Qing Ru, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
3440 W. Lomita Boulevard; Suite 250
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. X. Ru practices adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Ru's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She studied medicine at Henan Medical University. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. Dr. Ru's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in Mandarin. Her professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Anemia

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
25550 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 116
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Janet Lee's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee's clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and general care. She is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Lee takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She has an open panel. She attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She is conversant in Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Hubert Vance Sung, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1499 West 1st Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Hubert Sung's specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Sung speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes management, asthma, and preventive care. He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. Dr. Sung takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diabetes Management, Preventive Care, Acid Reflux, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, General Care, Asthma

Dr. Emily Beth Curran, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1294 W. Sixth Street; Suite 104
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Emily Curran is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include obesity, asthma, and acid reflux (GERD). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Dr. Curran attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Obesity, Asthma

Dr. Samuel E Oregel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1333 Chestnut Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Oregel works as a family medicine practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Oregel include obesity, diabetes management, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Oregel graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Oregel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Homan Siman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1231 Avalon Boulevard
Wilmington, CA
 

Dr. Homan Siman's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Siman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Siman include menopause, migraine, and general care. Dr. Siman is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Dr. Siman attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Moshe Faynsod, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
1360 W 6th Street; Suite 315
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Moshe Faynsod's areas of specialization are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is especially interested in breast surgery, breast cancer, and liver cancer. Dr. Faynsod is professionally affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Dr. Faynsod accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency. Dr. Faynsod speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Liver Cancer, Skin Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Breast Cancer

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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.