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We found 4 gastroenterologists who accept Medicare near Valencia, CA.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7000 Boulder Avenue
Highland, CA
 

Dr. Lida Zhen is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Zhen is a graduate of Norman Bethune College of Medicine, Jilin University. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7000 Boulder Avenue
Highland, CA
 

Dr. Hin Wah Lee is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lee honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7000 Boulder Avenue
Highland, CA
 

Dr. Lillian Choi's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before completing Dr. Choi's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Choi attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Choi accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7000 Boulder Avenue
Highland, CA
 

Dr. Mark Gabriel is a Highland, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.