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We found 20 oncologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Juan M Alcantar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; 60-054 Chs
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Juan Alcantar is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Los Angeles, CA, Porter Ranch, CA, and Northridge, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Alcantar include immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy). He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Alcantar accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Alcantar trained at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Alcantar speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Exam, Clinical Trials, Immunotherapy, Blood Disorders, Chemotherapy, Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melanie Rita Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
2200 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 121
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Goldfarb completed her residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goldfarb include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Goldfarb has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Thyroid Surgery, Pheochromocytoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Soroush Adam Ramin, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
2080 Century Park East; Suite 1407
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Soroush Ramin works as an urologist and cancer surgeon. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramin include urodynamic testing, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramin takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Urodynamic Testing, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Bladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Maggie Lee Dinome, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1245 16th Street; Suite 312
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Maggie Dinome is a general surgeon and cancer surgeon in Santa Monica, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dinome include breast surgery, genetic counseling, and breast cancer. Dr. Dinome's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Medical Institute, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Dinome's medical residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Breast Surgery, Genetic Counseling, Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Carol Yukiko Nishikubo, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 400e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Carol Nishikubo is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. Her areas of expertise include breast cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Nishikubo graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Nishikubo is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Nishikubo has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

Dr. Sean Adam Fischer, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 400e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Sean Fischer works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Santa Monica, CA. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fischer has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Fischer is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jennifer A Linehan, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Linehan's areas of specialization are urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); she sees patients in Duarte, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Linehan include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and testicular cancer. Dr. Linehan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and performed her residency at the University Medical Center, Tucson. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Linehan welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Bladder Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Robin Kate Kelley, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. R. Kelley is an oncology (cancer care) specialist. She has a special interest in esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and liver cancer. Dr. Kelley is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Kelley is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Esophageal Cancer

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Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
120 South Spalding Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Travis Kidner specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He has a special interest in colon cancer, inguinal hernia, and breast cancer. Dr. Kidner accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Kidner's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Colon Cancer, Inguinal Hernia, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Varicose Veins, Breast Cancer, Skin Cancer

Dr. Geetha Puthenveetil, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; 12-441 Mdcc
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Geetha Puthenveetil specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Dr. Puthenveetil (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Puthenveetil is especially interested in sickle cell disease. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is a graduate of St. John's Medical College and Bangalore University and a graduate of Westchester Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Puthenveetil is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Gene Therapy and Physician of Excellence OCMA, Multiple years.

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Clinical interests: Hemoglobinopathy, Sickle Cell Disease

Dr. Neil Pravin Shah, MD, PhD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Neil Shah is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He works in San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Shah is especially interested in myeloproliferative disorders. He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Shah obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Myeloproliferative Disorders

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other, Medical Oncology
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Robert Wollman is a radiation oncology and medical oncology specialist. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Wollman performed his residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is especially interested in prostate problems and cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wollman's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Cancer

Dr. Nojan Toomari, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Nojan Toomari is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Patients gave Dr. Toomari an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and breast surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Facey Medical Group. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Kaiser Permanente are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Toomari accepts. Dr. Toomari has an open panel. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Toomari's medical residency was performed at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Dr. Toomari (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian.

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Clinical interests: Obesity, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Breast Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Cancer, Gastric ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald W Thompson, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Thompson's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Thompson is professionally affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Thompson attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Dr. David Kyle Buchbinder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; Mdcc A2-410
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Buchbinder is a specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He works in Orange, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Buchbinder is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. His distinctions include: ASCO Young Investigator Award; Stein Oppenheimer Endowment Award; and Southern California Rising Stars.

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Dr. Kathleen Sakamoto, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Oncology, Hematology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; 12-441 Mdcc
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kathleen Sakamoto's medical specialty is oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders). She attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Sakamoto trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for residency. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. She is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.