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We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Affiliated near Torrance, CA.

Dr. Oren Zaidel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
23600 Telo Avenue; Suite 260
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Oren Zaidel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Zaidel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Zaidel (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer

Dr. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3640 Lomita Blvd. 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Steinmetz's areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Steinmetz has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3640 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 204
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Judy Law-Torok sees patients in Torrance, CA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Law-Torok studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include general care, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Affiliated, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Law-Torok is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Liver Disease, General Care, Acid Reflux

Dr. Daryl Robert Rheuark, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
24520 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 240
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Daryl Rheuark is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Rheuark obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Rheuark include sleep disorders, obesity, and migraine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rheuark's hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Marina Raikhel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
25043 Narbonne Avenue
Lomita, CA
 

Dr. Marina Raikhel works as a family medicine practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raikhel include menopause, migraine, and nutrition issues. Patient ratings for Dr. Raikhel average 2.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Raikhel attended The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences for medical school. Dr. Raikhel (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Laurence Karl Gorlick, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
550 Deep Valley Drive 319
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
 

Dr. Laurence Gorlick's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). On average, patients gave Dr. Gorlick a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), general care, and nutrition issues. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Gorlick is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gorlick completed residency programs at Long Island College Hospital and Norwalk Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Andrew Gabriel Horodner, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
514 N. Prospect Avenue; 4th Floor
Redondo Beach, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Horodner is a hematologist and adult oncologist. His clinical interests encompass lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Horodner attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

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Specializes in General Surgery
23600 Telo Avenue; Suite 150
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Mercedeh Baghai is a specialist in general surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: obesity, breast surgery, and robotic surgery. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Baghai graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Baghai has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Obesity, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Gastric Bypass ... (Read more)

Dr. Katrina Celeste Kaemmerer, DO
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
827 Deep Valley Drive; Suite #310
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
 

Dr. Katrina Kaemmerer practices adolescent medicine. Her areas of expertise consist of migraine, asthma, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Kaemmerer's professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for residency. Dr. Kaemmerer is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Migraine, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Allergies, Asthma, Acid Reflux

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.