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

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

Dr. Edward Laurance's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Laurance takes. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laurance is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Adventist Health System, and PIH Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. James Lin practices adult gastroenterology in Duarte, CA. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In his practice, Dr. Lin focuses on endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Donald S David, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1500 E Duarte Road
Duarte, CA
 

Dr. Donald David is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. David attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. David has received the distinction of Fellow Research Award, American Gastroenterological Association. He speaks Spanish.

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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. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Punati studied medicine at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad. She 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 following distinction: 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, who practices in Hacienda Heights, CA and West Covina, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Li's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Li accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1500 E Duarte Road
Duarte, CA
 

Dr. Dheeraj Lal practices adult gastroenterology in Duarte, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lal include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lal obtained his medical school training at Osmania Medical College and performed his residency at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Lal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Lal is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Ardath Yamaga is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Los Angeles, CA and Arcadia, CA. She attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In her practice, Dr. Yamaga focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and liver disease. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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's professional affiliations include 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 medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. After attending China Medical University, Taiwan for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lin accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Lin is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Esophagitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4111 Maine Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Panguluri is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Panguluri honors. Dr. Panguluri graduated from Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. Dr. Panguluri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Spanish.

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

Dr. Quin Liu is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Liu has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. He is 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in West Covina, CA. Before completing his residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital, Dr. Akram attended medical school at Khyber Medical College. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Akram 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 Gastroenterology, Other
1850 S. Azusa; #208
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Chia-Chi Lai's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lai takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Taipei Medical University and a graduate of St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis' residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
420 W Rowland Street
Covina, CA
 

Dr. Michael Oliver works as an adult gastroenterologist. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Oliver is a graduate of 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 an adult gastroenterologist in West Covina, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Arora a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arora honors. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. In addition to English, 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 is an adult gastroenterologist in Covina, CA. He graduated from Dow Medical College. Dr. Jaffer's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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