We found 15 providers with an interest in endometriosis and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Ingrid Anne Rodi, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
1450 10th Street; Suite 404
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Ingrid Rodi, who practices in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rodi include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rodi takes. Before performing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Rodi attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Rodi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and Portuguese. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Hysteroscopy, in Vitro Fertilization, Fibroids, Women's ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua Garrett Cohen, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
200 Medical Plaza; Suite 220
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Joshua Cohen sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. His areas of expertise include colposcopy, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Cohen takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Cohen's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors Rising Star and Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , endometriosis

All Interests: Colposcopy, Clinical Trials, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrea Joan Rapkin, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Rapkin specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rapkin include colposcopy, menopause, and fibroids. She is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Rapkin attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Rapkin has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Award for Excellence in Education David Geffen School of Medicine; and Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence for Teaching Award.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Clinical Trials, Hysteroscopy, Vulva Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Pelvic ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
450 N Bedford Drive; Suite 209
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Behnam Kashanchi specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Kashanchi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. His areas of expertise include menopause, female infertility, and fibroids. Dr. Kashanchi's professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. After attending Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Patient ratings for Dr. Kashanchi average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Osteoporosis, Contraception, HPV, Weight Management, Intrauterine Device, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brianne Dela Rama Dela Rama, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1245 16th Street; 202
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Brianne Romeroso is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Her clinical interests include colposcopy, genital warts, and menopause. Dr. Romeroso is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Prenatal Ultrasound, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Marie Brennan, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
200 Medical Plaza; Suite 430
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kathleen Brennan is a reproductive endocrinologist in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and fibroids. Dr. Brennan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Genetic Issues, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Robin F Farias-Eisner, PhD, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Robin Farias-Eisner, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Farias-Eisner's education and training includes medical school at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His areas of expertise include colposcopy, menopause, and ovarian cancer. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Farias-Eisner include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors. Dr. Farias-Eisner (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Clinical Trials, Vaginal Cancer, Hysteroscopy, Vulvar Cancer, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Angela Y Chen, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
1010 Veteran Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Angela Chen's area of specialization is obstetrics. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include the following: colposcopy, genital warts, and menopause. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Chen trained at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Chen's distinctions include: AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Development Award; SecondsListServ, NAF Annual Meeting UCLA Healthcare Physician of the Year; and ACOG CREOG National Faculty Award. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Prenatal Ultrasound, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic Surgery, Genital ... (Read more)

Dr. Ram Kiran Parvataneni, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
200 Medical Plaza; Suite. 430
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ram Parvataneni's specialty is general gynecology. Dr. Parvataneni graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests include colposcopy, high risk pregnancy, and prenatal ultrasound. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parvataneni takes. He has received the distinction of UCLA Exceptional Physician award. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Prenatal Ultrasound, Infertility, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic Surgery, Family Planning, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Arthur Growdon, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1245 16th Street; 202
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. William Growdon specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Growdon's clinical interests: menopause, fibroids, and vulva problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Growdon takes. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Growdon performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Menopause, Laser Treatment, Pelvic Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Urogynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Yung-Shee Jessica Hsu, MD, MBA
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1245 16th Street; 202
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Yung-Shee Hsu sees patients in Santa Monica, CA. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hsu include colposcopy, genital warts, and menopause. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Before completing her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Hsu attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hsu honors.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Prenatal Ultrasound, Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Hysteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Thomas Johnson, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
200 Medical Plaza; Suite 430
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Michael Johnson is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Johnson attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: colposcopy, genital warts, and menopause. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Prenatal Ultrasound, Infertility, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Steve Pyong Yu, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1450 10th Street; Suite 404
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Steve Yu's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among Dr. Yu's clinical interests: colposcopy, genital warts, and menopause. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yu takes. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of the University Hospitals, Cleveland's residency program. Dr. Yu speaks Korean. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, Genital ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1245 16th Street; Suite 400
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Aldo Palmieri is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He works in Santa Monica, CA. After attending Sapienza University of Rome for medical school, Dr. Palmieri completed his residency training at Jacobi Medical Center. His clinical interests include genital warts, colposcopy, and menopause. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Palmieri (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Palmieri's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Jitsen Chang, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 468w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jitsen Chang, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. His areas of expertise include the following: female infertility, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and endometrial ablation. Dr. Chang is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Chang is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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All Interests: Myomectomy, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pregnancy, Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Hysterectomy, Urinary ... (Read more)

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What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful disease that affects up to 10% of women during their childbearing years. It happens when cells that normally line the uterus migrate and appear in other parts of the body. These cells respond to monthly hormonal fluctuations and grow blood-rich tissue and shed it, just as they would inside the uterus. This can result in pain, and the bleeding can cause scar tissue to form. The thick, inflexible scar tissue (called an adhesion) can become very painful if it stops organs within the body from being able to move freely.

Endometriosis can happen almost anywhere in the body, but it happens most often within the pelvic cavity. The endometriosis lesions are most often seen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, pelvic wall, bladder, bowel, and intestines. Specific symptoms of endometriosis depend on where the lesions are located, but the most common are:
  • Pain, especially with the menstrual cycle
  • Infertility
  • Diarrhea or constipation during the menstrual cycle
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Heavy or irregular periods

No one knows what causes endometriosis. It is more common in women who have relatives with endometriosis, who have never given birth, and those who have a history of pelvic infections. It is diagnosed by laparoscopy, where a small tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the body in order to take a close look at the area where endometriosis is suspected to be.

Treatment for endometriosis depends on the severity and location of the lesions. Sometimes surgery to remove the endometriosis or adhesions is the best option. Pain medication helps make the major symptom of endometriosis more bearable. Additionally, some women have had success taking birth control pills or progestins to reduce the fluctuations in hormones that cause the endometriosis activity.
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