We found 9 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Shield of California near Van Nuys, CA.

Dr. Soroush Adam Ramin, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
12922 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Soroush Ramin is an urologist and cancer surgeon in North Hollywood, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. Dr. Ramin's areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Ramin is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ramin has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Glick is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Glick's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Glick is open to new patients.

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Dr. Burton A Liebross, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 320
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Burton Liebross' specialty is adult nephrology. He speaks Hebrew. These areas are among Dr. Liebross's clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and depression. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Liebross's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liebross welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Mark Stuart Romoff, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Mark Romoff is an adult nephrology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romoff include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Romoff's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Dr. Gladys Yee Duen Ng, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology
18350 Roscoe Boulevard; Suite 604
Northridge, CA
 

Dr. Gladys Ng works as an urologist in Burbank, CA, Northridge, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ng include bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and peyronie's disease (penile curvature). Dr. Ng is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is conversant in Cantonese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
12660 Riverside Drive; Suite 225
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Noha Barsoum's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Barsoum has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Barsoum is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Barsoum is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Mischel is a nephrologist in Van Nuys, CA and Tarzana, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Mischel graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Mischel's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Dr. Caroline Lee Wallner, MD
Specializes in Urology
18350 Roscoe Boulevard; Suite 604
Northridge, CA
 

Dr. Caroline Wallner is an urologist in Los Angeles, CA and Northridge, CA. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical Center's residency program. Her clinical interests include robotic kidney surgery, bladder cancer, and urge incontinence (overactive bladder). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wallner accepts. Dr. Wallner's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Nicholas Di Domenico is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Van Nuys, CA. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he performed his residency at UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Di Domenico's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Di Domenico has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys, made up of minerals that are normally present in urine. They can vary in size, from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a nickel, occasionally even larger. Sometimes they lodge in the kidney, and sometimes they break free and make their way out through the urinary tract, which can be extremely painful.

Kidney stones can be smooth or jagged and are yellow to brown in color. They are mostly comprised of the minerals calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus. Examining the stones to see what they are made of can show what caused the stone to be formed in the first place. For example, a stone made of mostly calcium, which is the most common type, can happen any time the urine becomes too concentrated due to dehydration or a blockage in the kidney. A uric acid stone forms when acid levels in the urine get too high, usually due to excessive consumption of animal protein such as meat and fish. A struvite stone is a sign of certain infections, and a cystine stone can be due to a genetic disorder that raises the risk of kidney stones.

The most common symptom of kidney stones is pain, either in the back or lower abdomen, or severe pain when urinating. There may also be blood in the urine. Treatment for kidney stones depends on how large the stone is. Very small stones can pass out of the body on their own, and they do not require treatment other than drinking adequate water and taking pain killers. Larger stones need to be broken apart and removed. The main treatment options are:

  • Shock wave lithotripsy, which uses sound wave vibrations to break apart the stone
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or the use of a very tiny tool (like a wire inserted through the back) to break apart and remove the stone
  • Ureteroscopy, a thin tube inserted through the urethra and bladder to the stone, where tiny tools can grasp the stone and remove it

People who have had one kidney stone are at risk of developing another. To reduce this risk, patients are given instructions specific to the type of stone they developed. Generally the instructions will include drinking more water to dilute the urine, but it may also involve lowering sodium intake or eating less meat.

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