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We found 11 gastroenterologists who accept Health Net HMO 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 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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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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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
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
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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Truong is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Truong is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Suresht Sharma practices adult gastroenterology in West Covina, CA. He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sharma takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to 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. Ching-Hsiu Chen is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chen graduated from Rush Medical College. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Sam Kam's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kam accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to 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.