We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept L.A. Care Health Plan HMO near Torrance, CA.

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Dr. Azhar Muttalib, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Azhar Muttalib is a general internist. Dr. Muttalib's patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and general care. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Osmania University, Kakatiya Medical College, and Rangaraya Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for residency. Dr. Muttalib (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Armenian. Dr. Muttalib's hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, 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: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Jane U Ekejiuba, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21501 Avalon Boulevard; Suite 100
Carson, CA
 

Dr. Jane Ekejiuba practices family medicine in Carson, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Ekejiuba include menopause, migraine, and general care. Her professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Ekejiuba honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Dr. Ekejiuba attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield. She is conversant in Nigerian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Meena Oberoi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Meena Oberoi's medical specialty is family medicine. She graduated from King George Medical University and then she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Dr. Oberoi's areas of expertise include obesity, menopause, and diabetes management. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Oberoi (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is professionally 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 Dr. Oberoi's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Brenda Shen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
520 N. Prospect Avenue; Suite 103
Redondo Beach, CA
 

Dr. Brenda Shen's area of specialization is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and general care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shen's education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. She is conversant in Cantonese. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Shen 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Raikhel's patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and nutrition issues. She is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Raikhel is a graduate of The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and a graduate of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Raikhel (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Edgardo Alvarez Osea, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Sepulveda Boulevard
Harbor City, CA
 

Dr. Edgardo Osea specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Harbor City, CA. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Osea completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Osea include anti-aging, diabetes management, and migraine. Dr. Osea's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Osea (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Osea is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay 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. Hubert Vance Sung, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21311 Madrona Avenue; #100-a
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Hubert Sung works as a family practitioner. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes management, asthma, and preventive care. Dr. Sung is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at VA Wadsworth Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sung is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diabetes Management, Preventive Care, Acid Reflux, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, General Care, Asthma

Dr. Abraham Golbari, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
14030 Crenshaw Boulevard
Gardena, CA
 

Dr. Abraham Golbari's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Golbari's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes management, massage, and migraine. He is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Golbari's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Golbari attended medical school at The National University of Iran and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Golbari (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Ata Mazaheri, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
20911 Earl Street; Suite 245
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Ata Mazaheri is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Glendale, CA and Torrance, CA. Dr. Mazaheri studied medicine at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His medical residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mazaheri include acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Lydia Talaat Karaman, DO
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
3661 Torrance Boulevard; Suite 104
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Lydia Elias is a specialist in adolescent medicine. She works in Torrance, CA. She is rated highly by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: obesity, migraine, and asthma. Dr. Elias's hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Elias honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Her practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. For her residency, Dr. Elias trained at Children's Hospital of San Francisco and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Elias (or staff) speaks Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Migraine, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Obesity, Asthma, Weight Management, Acid Reflux

Dr. Homan Siman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1231 N Avalon Boulevard
Wilmington, CA
 

Dr. Homan Siman works as an internist in Wilmington, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Siman include facial problems, menopause, and migraine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Siman is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Siman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Siman is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. 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. Emily Beth Curran, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
21311 Madrona Avenue; Suite 100-b
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Emily Curran specializes in general pediatrics. She attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. In her practice, she is particularly interested in obesity, asthma, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Curran honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Curran is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Obesity, Asthma

Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison St. 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Son Nguyen specializes in general surgery and practices in Torrance, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Nguyen is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, breast surgery, and colon problems. His professional affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He trained at Abington Memorial Hospital for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Skin Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cancer

Dr. Courtney T. Mizuhara-Cheng Mizuhara-Cheng, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
1535 W. Lomita Boulevard
Harbor City, CA
 

Dr. Courtney Mizuhara-Cheng's areas of specialization are family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng's areas of expertise include migraine, general care, and varicose veins. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Providence are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng takes. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Kenneth Tetsuya Shiozaki, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2382 Crenshaw Boulevard; Suite 5
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Shiozaki works as a family medicine physician in Pico Rivera, CA and Torrance, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, obesity, and diabetes management. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shiozaki graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He completed his residency training at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier. Dr. Shiozaki is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Shiozaki welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. David Ngoc Hoang, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13672 Hawthorne Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA
 

Dr. David Hoang practices family medicine in Hawthorne, CA. He is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hoang's clinical interests include osteopathic manipulation, asthma, and headache. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hoang (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Headache, Osteopathic Manipulation, 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.

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