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

Dr. Jane Ekejiuba specializes in family medicine. She graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield. Her areas of expertise include menopause, general care, and varicose veins. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ekejiuba accepts. Dr. Ekejiuba is conversant in Nigerian. Her professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, HealthCare Partners, LLC, 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. Azhar Muttalib, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Azhar Muttalib works as a general internist. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Muttalib include menopause, general care, and varicose veins. Patient ratings for Dr. Muttalib average 1.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Muttalib (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. He welcomes new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Oberoi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her clinical interests include obesity, menopause, and diabetes management. Dr. Oberoi is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She graduated from King George Medical University. Her training includes residency programs at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. On average, patients gave Dr. Oberoi a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Oberoi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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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 practices family medicine in Redondo Beach, CA. Dr. Shen is conversant in Cantonese. Her clinical interests include menopause, general care, and nutrition issues. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and HealthCare Partners, LLC. 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 honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Raikhel include sleep disorders, obesity, and anti-aging. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to 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. In addition to English, Dr. Raikhel (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Dr. Raikhel 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 her office for an appointment.

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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. His clinical interests include anti-aging, diabetes management, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Osea's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Osea (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He has an open panel.

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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's area of specialization is family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes management, asthma, and preventive care. Dr. Sung is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and HealthCare Partners, LLC. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. Dr. Sung accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is accepting 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 works as a general internist in Gardena, CA. Dr. Golbari's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Golbari include diabetes management, massage, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Golbari has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at The National University of Iran and Tehran University of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Golbari (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mazaheri include acid reflux (GERD). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Mazaheri graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Persian. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Homan Siman specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Wilmington, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Siman include facial problems, menopause, and dermabrasion. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Siman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Dr. Siman welcomes new patients.

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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 practices general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Curran include obesity, asthma, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Curran's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, HealthCare Partners, LLC, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Dr. Curran is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Lydia Elias is an adolescent medicine specialist. Dr. Elias (or staff) speaks Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Her clinical interests include obesity, asthma, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Elias is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Elias attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. For her professional training, Dr. Elias completed residency programs at Children's Hospital of San Francisco and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Elias accepts. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Son Nguyen is a general surgeon. Dr. Nguyen has indicated that his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, breast surgery, and colon problems. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health, 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 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 specializes in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Her areas of expertise include massage, osteoporosis, and asthma. She takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Providence, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng is a graduate of 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. For her residency, Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng trained at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. She is accepting 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's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shiozaki include sleep disorders, obesity, and diabetes management. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Dr. Shiozaki performed his residency at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier. Dr. Shiozaki speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, HealthCare Partners, LLC, 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. David Ngoc Hoang, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13672 Hawthorne Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA
 

Dr. David Hoang's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Hoang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoang include osteopathic manipulation, asthma, and headache. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. Dr. Hoang is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hoang is accepting 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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