We found 120 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California near Sherman Oaks, CA.

Dr. Philippe Jean Quilici, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
8635 W Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Philippe Quilici's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Quilici (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Quilici graduated from the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Quilici completed residency programs at Lenox Hill Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Quilici average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Quilici takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Colectomy, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Cancer, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 85
  • Charge (avg.): $1,955 - $4,307
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $468 - $851
Dr. Stephen D Bresnick, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
16633 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 110
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Bresnick works as a plastic surgeon and bariatric surgeon. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bresnick include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He honors Blue Shield, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Bresnick studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for his residency. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Butt Augmentation, Lip ... (Read more)

Dr. Kasper Saonun Wang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
5363 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 121
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Kasper Wang's medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wang graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Solid Tumor, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pectus Carinatum, Biliary Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. David William Bliss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
8635 W Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Bliss is a pediatric surgery and general surgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), inflammatory bowel disease, and hernia. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bliss is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Bliss trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
8631 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Harmik Soukiasian's specialty is thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Soukiasian include thoracic outlet syndrome, achalasia, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Soukiasian has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Soukiasian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Armenian and Persian. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health System and Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), VATS lobectomy

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Spasm, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Heller ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 73
  • Charge (avg.): $141 - $1,449
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $35 - $357

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
8723 Alden Drive; Steven Spielberg Building, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Philip Frykman practices pediatric surgery and general surgery in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. His areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and crohn's disease. Dr. Frykman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Pain, Pectus Excavatum, Ulcerative Colitis, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Nausea, Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. Houshmand Joseph Naim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
8631 W. 3rd Street; Suit #444
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Houshmand Naim is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Naim's clinical interests: obesity, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Naim accepts. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Dr. Naim is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gallstones, Hypertension, Nissen Fundoplication, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $10,200 - $17,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $921 - $1,263
Dr. Nojan Toomari, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18200 Ventura Boulevard
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Nojan Toomari is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Toomari (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and breast surgery. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Facey Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Toomari is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

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

Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S. San Vicente Boulevard; Suite A3600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Aamir Shah is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Shah attended Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include heart bypass surgery (CABG), angina, and carotid artery surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Urdu and French. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Aortic Valve Surgery, Atrial Septal Defect, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $7,608
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,012

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alfredo Trento, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Trento include lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and heart transplant. Dr. Trento is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Trento accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Padua Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Trento has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic cardiac surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Mitral Valve Surgery, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Wen Cheng is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cheng include lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Cheng accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Cheng has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic cardiac surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Mitral Valve Surgery, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease, Lung Transplant, Robotic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 29
  • Charge (avg.): $5,005
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,120

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S San Vicente Boulevard; A-3600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Danny Ramzy specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Ramzy graduated from McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in French. Dr. Ramzy is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic cardiac surgery, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Bicuspid Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Critical Care
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Scott Cunneen's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cunneen include colorectal surgery procedures, stomach surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Clinical Interests: Gallstones, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Weight Loss, Nissen Fundoplication, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $4,766
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,251

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
8635 W 3rd Street; Suite 975w
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Mahtabifard is a physician who specializes in thoracic surgery. Dr. Mahtabifard (or staff) speaks French and Persian. Dr. Mahtabifard's areas of clinical interest consist of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), lung cancer, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Mahtabifard obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Lobectomy, Esophagus Problems, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Trachea ... (Read more)

Dr. Wei-Chien Michael Lin, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
4835 Van Nuys Boulevard; Suite 208
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Wei-Chien Lin is a medical specialist in gynecologic oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lin include robotic surgery. Dr. Lin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Lin speaks Mandarin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $2,571
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $482
Dr. Michael Aurash Zadeh, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
16542 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 304
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Michael Zadeh's specialty is general surgery. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. His areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, migraine, and acne. Patient ratings for Dr. Zadeh average 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zadeh takes. Dr. Zadeh has received distinctions including Southern California Rising Stars; Patients' Choice Award; and Most Compassionate Doctor Award. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Zadeh is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and Northridge Hospital Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Headache, Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, Laser Resurfacing, Birthmark Removal, Acne Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.
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