We found 30 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Lakewood, CA.

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Dr. Robert Hae Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Orange, CA, San Diego, CA, and Long Beach, CA. In his practice, Dr. Lee focuses on esophageal cancer. His professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Dr. Lee is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Lee completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lee include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer

Dr. Kenneth E Grant, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Grant works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Murrieta, CA, Orange, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Dr. Grant has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in endoscopy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grant honors. Dr. Grant attended medical school at Albany Medical College. His training includes residency programs at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Orange County Medical Association's Physicians of Excellence. In addition to English, Dr. Grant speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jason Buddika Samarasena, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Jason Samarasena, who practices in Orange, CA and Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Samarasena's professional affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received the following distinctions: Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Interventional Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Stomach ... (Read more)

Dr. Nimisha K Parekh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Nimisha Parekh is an adult gastroenterologist in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Tustin, CA. Dr. Parekh is affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. She is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Parekh honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received distinctions including Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association and Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Women's Health Issues, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Douglas Long Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Nguyen sees patients in Orange, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, and Long Beach, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nguyen is affiliated with UC Irvine Health and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He has received distinctions including Outstanding Research Award - Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program and International Health Program Scholarship - Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. William E Karnes Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. William Karnes, who practices in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Costa Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Karnes is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center, UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza, and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology; American Federation of Clinical Research Award; and Merck Fellowship Training Grant.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Joe Meannan Chen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Joe Chen works as an adult gastroenterologist in Los Alamitos, CA. Dr. Chen attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His areas of expertise include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He speaks Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Colon Problems, Capsule Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thai-Van Van X. Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Thai Nguyen is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. She is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal problems, colon problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Colon Problems, Capsule Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Ave 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Steinmetz's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 303
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Conrad Cox is an adult gastroenterologist in Lakewood, CA. His clinical interests include ulcers, liver disease, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). Patients gave Dr. Cox an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Dr. Cox attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Dr. Cox speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include PIH Health and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Ulcers

Dr. Songul Atay, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 107
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Songul Atay works as an adult gastroenterologist in Los Alamitos, CA. She is a graduate of Ege University. Dr. Atay has a special interest in diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish. Dr. Atay is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), diverticular disease, colon problems

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatitis, Liver Disease, Nutrition Issues, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Claudia Patricia Sanmiguel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5401 E El Jardin Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Claudia Sanmiguel sees patients in Long Beach, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Sanmiguel's clinical interests: achalasia, gastroparesis, and acid reflux (GERD). She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Before performing her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Sanmiguel attended Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Sanmiguel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, gastroparesis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Acid Reflux

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5471 La Palma Avenue; Suite 105
La Palma, CA
 

Dr. Norman Kuo is a La Palma, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kuo studied medicine at Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). His medical residency was performed at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colonoscopy

Dr. Samuel E Oregel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1333 Chestnut Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Oregel works as a family practice physician in Long Beach, CA and Agoura Hills, CA. His clinical interests include obesity, primary care, and diabetes management. Dr. Oregel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Oregel is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Primary Care, Diabetes Management, Osteoporosis, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Derek Mills, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
5901 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Steven Mills practices colon & rectal surgery in Long Beach, CA, Orange, CA, and Costa Mesa, CA. Dr. Mills's education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anal cancer, anal fistula, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Prolapse, Anal Cancer, Anal Fistula, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Etsegenet Tefera Ayele, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2840 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 465
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. Dr. Ayele's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Before performing her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Dr. Ayele attended Minsk State Medical Institute for medical school. Dr. Ayele (or staff) is conversant in Amharic, Spanish, and German. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, HealthCare Partners IPA - Long Beach, and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Sports Health, Botox Injection, Hylaform, Gastrointestinal Problems, Restylane, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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