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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 a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Duarte, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Lin include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). Dr. Lin takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Japanese. Dr. Lin 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's specialties are adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Laurance attended Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Laurance is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Adventist Health System, and PIH Health. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Donald David specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. David is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. David accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Fellow Research Award, American Gastroenterological Association.

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

Dr. Jaya Punati is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Los Angeles, CA and Arcadia, CA. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Punati attended Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad for medical school and subsequently trained at Morristown Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for residency. Dr. Punati has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Mark Li is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Hacienda Heights, CA and West Covina, CA. Dr. Li has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Li speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4111 Maine Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri is a gastroenterologist in Baldwin Park, CA, Whittier, CA, and Anaheim, CA. Dr. Panguluri attended medical school at Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Panguluri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1500 E Duarte Road
Duarte, CA
 

Dr. Dheeraj Lal is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lal's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Osmania Medical College, he performed his residency at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Lal (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Ardath Yamaga specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and liver disease. Dr. Yamaga is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Yamaga honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received the following distinctions: Children's Hospital Los Angeles Research Institute Poster Session, 2000; Pasadena Top Doctors, 2011 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He obtained his medical school training at China Medical University, Taiwan and performed his residency at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Lin has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lin is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Liu is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in West Covina, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Akram attended Khyber Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital.

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

Dr. Chia-Chi Lai practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Lai's medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
420 W Rowland Street
Covina, CA
 

Dr. Michael Oliver is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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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. Dr. Arora is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Jaffer takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College.

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

Dr. Osama Sidhom, who practices in West Corina, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Sidhom (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sidhom is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.