We found 27 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 M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. Dr. Lee's hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Lee attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Approaches, Internal Medicine

Barry Arthur Steinmetz MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1760 Termino Avenue; Suite 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Steinmetz attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Steinmetz is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Thai Nguyen is a Los Alamitos, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Nguyen include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. Dr. Nguyen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Joe Meannan Chen M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Joe Chen's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. His areas of expertise include the following: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. Dr. Chen is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Nimisha Parekh MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 1.25 stars (1 rating)
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Nimisha Parekh is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Parekh is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. She has received the following distinctions: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association and Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology. Dr. Parekh's hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Approaches

Dr. William E. Karnes Jr. MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.66 stars (3 ratings)
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. William Karnes works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Karnes is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for his residency. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Karnes is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received distinctions including Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology; American Federation of Clinical Research Award; and Merck Fellowship Training Grant. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center, UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza, and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Approaches, Internal Medicine

Dr. Jason Buddika Samarasena M.D.
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Jason Samarasena is a gastroenterologist in Orange, CA and Long Beach, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), cancer, and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Samarasena takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received distinctions including Best Doctors in America - Gastroenterology; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Samarasena's hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Approaches, Cancer

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

Dr. Douglas Nguyen practices adult gastroenterology in Orange, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. Dr. Nguyen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. He has received the following distinctions: Outstanding Research Award - Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program and International Health Program Scholarship - Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Approaches, Internal Medicine

Timothy R. Morgan M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5901 E 7th Street; Va Long Beach Healthcare System
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Morgan specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Long Beach, CA and Orange, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and internal medicine. Dr. Morgan is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Outstanding Teacher - UC Irvine Gastroenterology Program. He is professionally affiliated with VA Long Beach Healthcare System and Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Approaches, Internal Medicine

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.4 stars (5 ratings)
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 303
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Conrad Cox works as a gastroenterologist. He is rated highly by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include ulcers, liver disease, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). Dr. Cox accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Cox studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Cox trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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
average rating 3 stars (2 ratings)
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 107
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Songul Atay's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In Dr. Atay's practice, she is particularly interested in diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. She is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Atay graduated from Ege University. Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Turkish.

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

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

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

Dr. Claudia Sanmiguel is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sanmiguel graduated from Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Sanmiguel include achalasia, gastroparesis, and acid reflux (GERD). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Sanmiguel is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Acid Reflux

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 1 stars (1 rating)
5471 La Palma Avenue; Suite 105
La Palma, CA
 

Dr. Norman Kuo is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. Dr. Kuo is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) and then went on to complete his residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Dr. Kuo (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colonoscopy

Samuel Oregel M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
1333 Chestnut Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Oregel works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Oregel is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, primary care, and diabetes management. He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. He studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Oregel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Oregel welcomes 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)

Etsegenet T. Ayele M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 3.91 stars (3 ratings)
2840 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 465
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele practices general internal medicine in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and restylane injections. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ayele takes. Dr. Ayele's education and training includes medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute and residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, AppleCare Medical Group, and HealthCare Partners IPA - Long Beach.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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Steven Derek Mills MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.87 stars (2 ratings)
5901 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Steven Mills specializes in colon & rectal surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of colorectal surgery procedures and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Mills is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Mills has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Gastrointestinal Problems, Approaches

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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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