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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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Goldfarb's areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Before performing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Goldfarb attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Patient reviews placed Dr. Goldfarb at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. She 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 a hematologist and adult oncologist. She obtained her medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Terpenning has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Terpenning is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Terpenning include: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. She is accepting new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in North Hollywood, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Before completing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Ramin attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Clinical interests 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. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ramin has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Dinome's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She has indicated that her clinical interests include breast surgery, genetic counseling, and breast cancer. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She studied medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Dinome has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Medical Institute, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Dinome is accepting 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 is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fischer honors. Dr. Fischer has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. 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 specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Nishikubo's clinical interests include breast cancer. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she performed her residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Nishikubo has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Nishikubo is accepting 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 a specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Her areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and testicular cancer. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Linehan completed her residency training at the University Medical Center, Tucson. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Linehan is open to 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 oncologist in Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelley include esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and liver cancer. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Kelley completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks Spanish. Dr. Kelley is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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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 works as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kidner include colon cancer, inguinal hernia, and breast cancer. Dr. Kidner graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kidner's office for an appointment.

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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 is a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. Dr. Puthenveetil's areas of expertise include sickle cell disease. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at St. John's Medical College and Bangalore University, she performed her residency at Westchester Medical Center. 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. Dr. Puthenveetil (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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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 specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include myeloproliferative disorders. He is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He 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 following distinction: 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 oncologist and medical oncologist in Santa Monica, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Wollman's clinical interests include prostate problems and cancer. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wollman's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Cancer

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

Dr. Ronald Thompson's medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Thompson attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for his residency. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 a physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Alcantar is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Alcantar is professionally 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Dr. Buchbinder is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency training at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Dr. Buchbinder's distinctions 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's areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Toomari average 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and breast surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Kaiser Permanente. Before completing his residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Dr. Toomari attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Toomari (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Toomari's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Facey Medical Group. He is accepting 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.