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

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

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb is a cancer surgeon. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Goldfarb include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Goldfarb takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Goldfarb's training includes a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Goldfarb welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Marilou Terpenning, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 400e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Marilou Terpenning is an adult hematologist and adult oncologist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Terpenning attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in women's health issues. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Terpenning is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Women's Health Issues

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

Dr. Soroush Ramin is a specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: urodynamic testing, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Ramin is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ramin's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Ramin trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian.

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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
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite #1170w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Maggie Dinome practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Dinome's areas of expertise include breast surgery, genetic counseling, and breast cancer. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Medical Institute, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Dinome average 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Dinome has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Breast Surgery, Genetic Counseling, Cancer, 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, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Dr. Fischer is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Fischer is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 400e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Carol Nishikubo is a Santa Monica, CA physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Nishikubo's clinical interests encompass breast cancer. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nishikubo is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Nishikubo's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

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

Dr. Jennifer Linehan is an urologist and surgical oncologist. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a graduate of the University Medical Center, Tucson's residency program. Dr. Linehan's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and testicular cancer. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, Dr. Linehan speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Medical Institute. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's area of specialization is oncology (cancer care). Her clinical interests include esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and liver cancer. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kelley attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Kelley speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Travis Kidner works as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist. He has a special interest in colon cancer, inguinal hernia, and breast cancer. Dr. Kidner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Kidner has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Robert Wollman, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology and medical oncology. Dr. Wollman's clinical interests include prostate problems and cancer. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Cancer

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

Dr. Geetha Puthenveetil works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist in Orange, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Puthenveetil include sickle cell disease. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from St. John's Medical College and Bangalore University. Her training includes a residency program at Westchester Medical Center. Her distinctions include: Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Gene Therapy and Physician of Excellence OCMA, Multiple years. In addition to English, Dr. Puthenveetil (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Puthenveetil is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Shah has a special interest in myeloproliferative disorders. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Myeloproliferative Disorders

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. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson's residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thompson is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Juan Alcantar is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Alcantar completed a residency program at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Alcantar speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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's specialties are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He practices in Orange, CA and Los Angeles, CA. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA for residency. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Buchbinder has received include ASCO Young Investigator Award; Stein Oppenheimer Endowment Award; and Southern California Rising Stars. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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 specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He works in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Dr. Toomari performed his residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. His areas of expertise include obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and breast surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Toomari accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Toomari (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Facey Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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

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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.