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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 works as an urologist and cancer surgeon. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise 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. Dr. Ramin takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Glick's specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. On average, patients gave Dr. Glick a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Glick is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is accepting 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 nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romoff include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Romoff accepts. Dr. Romoff graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Romoff trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Romoff has an open panel.

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

Dr. Burton Liebross is an adult nephrology specialist in Tarzana, CA. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Liebross include menopause, migraine, and kidney stones. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. After attending 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Liebross include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liebross is conversant in Hebrew. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Gladys Ng is an urologist in Burbank, CA, Northridge, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ng's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and peyronie's disease (penile curvature). Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, Dr. Ng performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks Cantonese.

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

Dr. Noha Barsoum practices adult nephrology. Patient ratings for Dr. Barsoum average 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Barsoum completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She speaks Arabic.

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

Dr. Matthew Mischel's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Mischel 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 accepts. Dr. Mischel studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mischel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, Dr. Mischel 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 a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: 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 honors. 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. She is 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Di Domenico include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Di Domenico attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at UPMC Presbyterian. He has received the following distinction: 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.