We found 5 endocrinologists who accept L.A. Care Health Plan near Long Beach, CA.

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Dr. Linda Tsu-Rin Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2840 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 435
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Linda Wang is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Wang has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Wang's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She is conversant in Mandarin. She is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP) and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Mario Ignacio Brakin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2650 Elm Avenue 210
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mario Brakin's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Brakin is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Brakin has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Richard A Berkson, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1868 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Richard Berkson is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Berkson average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Berkson is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Berkson is accepting new patients. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Dr. James Kuang Tam, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
2699 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. James Tam is a medical specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Dr. Tam speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Tam honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Dr. Pablito Garcia Nagpala, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2650 Elm Avenue 210
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Pablito Nagpala is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He works in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Nagpala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Nagpala completed his residency training at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nagpala honors.

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What is Endocrinology?

Endocrinology is a medical specialty that deals with glands and hormones. Hormones are substances that act like chemical messengers between parts of the body. They are produced by glands, and travel in the bloodstream throughout the body where they act on different organs and cells to affect many different functions of life. Hormones control our appetite, growth, reproduction, and energy. When there is too little or too much of a hormone, an endocrinologist can help restore the balance.

Endocrinology problems are sometimes difficult and complex because hormones travel throughout the body and can affect more than one system. A single, simple imbalance can produce multiple, very different symptoms. Just a few of the diverse diseases treated by an endocrinologist include:
  • Diabetes (where insulin is not produced in the body or is not working well, and blood sugar levels rise, which damages tissues)
  • Hypothyroidism (where thyroid hormones are not produced well, reducing cell metabolism and energy)
  • Precocious Puberty (where reproductive hormones are produced too early in a child’s life)
  • Gigantism (where growth hormones are overproduced, leading to unusual size)

Endocrinology can contain subspecialties where physicians focus their care on specific groups of patients. For example, some endocrinologists are diabetic endocrinologists who know specifically how to care for diabetics’ particular needs in eye care, circulation, and foot care. Pediatric endocrinologists treat children. Whatever their subspecialty, all endocrinologists have the same goal: restoring balance when the body’s messaging system is not working correctly.
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