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We found 8 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 specialties are urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His areas of expertise include urodynamic testing, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Ramin has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ramin obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Glick works as a nephrologist. Dr. Glick's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Glick include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Glick's 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 works as a nephrologist in Van Nuys, CA. Dr. Romoff's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and then he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Romoff 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 practices adult nephrology in Tarzana, CA. Dr. Liebross has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Liebross takes. Dr. Liebross is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liebross speaks Hebrew.

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

Dr. Matthew Mischel is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Mischel is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Mischel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Noha Barsoum's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Barsoum's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Barsoum studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She speaks Arabic. Dr. Barsoum 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 sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Northridge, CA. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include robotic kidney surgery, bladder cancer, and urge incontinence (overactive bladder). Dr. Wallner is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

Dr. Nicholas Di Domenico's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Di Domenico's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Di Domenico takes. Before completing his residency at UPMC Presbyterian, Dr. Di Domenico attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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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.