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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's areas of specialization are urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in North Hollywood, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Before completing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Ramin attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramin include urodynamic testing, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ramin has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Glick is a nephrologist in North Hollywood, CA and Van Nuys, CA. Before completing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Dr. Glick attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Glick's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Glick is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Glick takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. His practice is open to 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 practices adult nephrology in Van Nuys, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romoff include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Romoff honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Romoff performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Burton Liebross is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Tarzana, CA. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Liebross's areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Liebross attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Liebross include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liebross has an open panel.

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

Dr. Gladys Ng sees patients in Burbank, CA, Northridge, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and peyronie's disease (penile curvature). She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Ng is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Albany Medical College. Dr. Ng completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Cantonese.

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

Dr. Matthew Mischel is an adult nephrology specialist. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His areas of expertise include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mischel honors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Mischel is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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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. Patients gave Dr. Barsoum an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Barsoum trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Barsoum is conversant in Arabic. She 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 works as an urologist. These areas are among Dr. Wallner's clinical interests: robotic kidney surgery, bladder cancer, and urge incontinence (overactive bladder). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Wallner is professionally affiliated with 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 specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Van Nuys, CA. His clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Di Domenico honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UPMC Presbyterian for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Di Domenico 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.