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

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

Dr. James Lin is an adult gastroenterologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). Dr. Lin is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Lin has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lin (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Japanese.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection

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

Dr. Donald David is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. David has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow Research Award, American Gastroenterological Association. He speaks Spanish. Dr. David is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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

Dr. Edward Laurance is an adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Laurance average 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Laurance accepts. Dr. Laurance attended Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and PIH Health. Dr. Laurance's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Jaya Punati specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Arcadia, CA. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Punati honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1500 E Duarte Road
Duarte, CA
 

Dr. Dheeraj Lal is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Lal studied medicine at Osmania Medical College. He trained at Newton-Wellesley Hospital for his residency. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Lal takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Lal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4111 Maine Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Panguluri takes. In addition to English, Dr. Panguluri (or staff) speaks Telugu and Spanish.

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

Dr. Ardath Yamaga is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Yamaga's areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and liver disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yamaga honors. She graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Yamaga trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for her residency. 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. She 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 is conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Before performing his residency at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Dr. Lin attended China Medical University, Taiwan for medical school. Dr. Lin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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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 takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Liu obtained his medical school training at Drexel University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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
906 S Sunset Avenue
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Mumtaz Akram's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Akram has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Khyber Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital for residency.

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

Dr. Chia-Chi Lai works as a gastroenterologist in Monterey Park, CA and Hacienda Heights, CA. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Lai's residency was performed at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. In addition to English, Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2440 S Hacienda Boulevard; Suite 105
Hacienda Hts, CA
 

Dr. Mark Li sees patients in Hacienda Heights, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Li attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
420 W Rowland Street
Covina, CA
 

Dr. Michael Oliver is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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. He works in West Covina, CA. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Arora is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
247 W San Bernardino Road
Covina, CA
 

Dr. Shahnawaz Jaffer's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Jaffer is a graduate of Dow Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Jaffer average 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jaffer honors.

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

Dr. Osama Sidhom is a West Corina, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sidhom (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Sidhom graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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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.