We found 21 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Shield of California near West Covina, CA.

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Dr. Donald S David, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1500 E Duarte Road
Duarte, CA
 

Dr. Donald David is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Duarte, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. Dr. David studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. David's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received the following distinction: Fellow Research Award, American Gastroenterological Association.

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Dr. James L Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1500 Duarte Road; Division of Gastroenterology, City of Hope
Duarte, CA
 

Dr. James Lin is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has a special interest in endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). Dr. Lin takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lin (or staff) speaks Spanish and Japanese. He is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection

Dr. Edward Palmer Laurance, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
1433 W. Merced Avenue; #102
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Edward Laurance is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Sierra Madre, CA, West Covina, CA, and Upland, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Laurance attended medical school at Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laurance's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Adventist Health System, and PIH Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Mark Wen Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1433 W. Merced Avenue; Suite 102
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Mark Li's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Li is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Li honors. Dr. Li is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Physician Associates IPA - Queen of Valley.

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Dr. Ardath Kai Kei Yamaga, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
468 E. Santa Clara Street
Arcadia, CA
 

Dr. Ardath Yamaga's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Her areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and liver disease. Dr. Yamaga is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Children's Hospital Los Angeles Research Institute Poster Session, 2000; Pasadena Top Doctors, 2011 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Yamaga is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems

Dr. Chuan-Hao Lin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
468 E. Santa Clara Street
Arcadia, CA
 

Dr. Chuan-Hao Lin is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Los Angeles, CA and Arcadia, CA. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Lin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from China Medical University, Taiwan. He trained at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo for residency. Dr. Lin has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Mandarin.

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Clinical interests: Esophagitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Quin Yen-Kun Liu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
468 E. Santa Clara Street
Arcadia, CA
 

Dr. Quin Liu's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Liu attended Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Liu has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Liu is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1500 E Duarte Road
Duarte, CA
 

Dr. Dheeraj Lal is an adult gastroenterology specialist. After completing medical school at Osmania Medical College, Dr. Lal performed his residency at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lal (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Jaya Punati, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
468 E. Santa Clara Street
Arcadia, CA
 

Dr. Jaya Punati is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Punati attended Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and then went on to complete her residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Punati accepts. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Encopresis, Chronic Constipation, Gastroparesis, Vomiting, Nausea, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
420 W Rowland Street
Covina, CA
 

Dr. Michael Oliver is a Covina, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Oliver graduated from New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1850 S. Azusa; #208
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Chia-Chi Lai is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Alhambra Hospital Medical Center (AHMC). Before performing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Dr. Lai attended Taipei Medical University for medical school. Dr. Lai is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Sartaj Arora is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Arora (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Arora graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Arora is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arora is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4111 Maine Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri, who practices in Baldwin Park, CA, Whittier, CA, and Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. Dr. Panguluri is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Panguluri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with AppleCare Medical Group.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Suresht Sharma's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sharma is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17170 Colima Road; Suite E
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Christina Chen's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Chen attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Corina, CA
 

Dr. Osama Sidhom's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Sidhom studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sidhom (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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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.
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