We found 33 general surgeons who accept Blue Shield PPO near Pasadena, CA.

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Dr. Stephen M. Sentovich M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 3.25 stars (3 ratings)
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Sentovich's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in South Pasadena, CA, Arcadia, CA, and Duarte, CA. Dr. Sentovich's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sentovich include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and rectal problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Sentovich studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sentovich trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; NIH Short Term Training Grant UCLA; and New England Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Sentovich's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rectal Problems, Anorectal Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Cancer, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Isaac Paz MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. I. Paz specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in South Pasadena, CA, Mission Hills, CA, and Lancaster, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colorectal surgery procedures, breast surgery, and endocrine surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paz takes. He attended the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program and a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile. Dr. Paz has received professional recognition including the following: America's Top Doctors, Castle Connelly; Top Doctors, Pasadena Magazine; and Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Breast Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Endocrine Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery

Murtaza Rizvi MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
10 Congress St 103
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Murtaza Rizvi practices plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery. Dr. Rizvi's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, and dermabrasion. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and Adventist Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rizvi welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at Maryland General Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable ... (Read more)

Poornima B. Rao M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Poornima Rao is a general surgeon and cancer surgeon in South Pasadena, CA and Duarte, CA. Her professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Dr. Rao is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at New York Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Rao trained at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Rao has received professional recognition including the following: Susan G. Komen Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship; Crile Research Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH; and John P. Minton Award Winner (Ohio Chapter ACS).

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Dr. Eli Ralph Capouya M.D.
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
1500 East Chevy Chase Drive; Suite 201
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Eli Capouya practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery in Los Angeles, CA and Glendale, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Capouya takes. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Capouya attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Samuel H. Carvajal MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
average rating 2.66 stars (25 ratings)
1560 E. Chevy Chase Drive; Suite #430
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Carvajal is a general surgery and vascular surgery specialist in Glendale, CA. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carvajal studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Carvajal speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System.

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Vahe Melkonyan MD
Specializes in Vein Disease, General Surgery
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
257 South Hudson Avenue; 304
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Vahe Melkonyan works as a vein specialist and general surgeon. Patients rated Dr. Melkonyan highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Melkonyan include laser treatment, venous disease, and sclerotherapy. He is affiliated with Adventist Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is not currently accepting new patients. Dr. Melkonyan graduated from Yerevan State Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Melkonyan has received professional recognition including the following: Patients Choice Award. In addition to English, Dr. Melkonyan (or staff) speaks Armenian and Russian.

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Clinical interests: Sclerotherapy, Laser Treatment, Venous Disease

Dr. Amy Caton Polverini MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Amy Polverini works as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist. Dr. Polverini studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Polverini trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Polverini include breast surgery. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Polverini is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Breast Surgery

Gabriel Akopian M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 3.66 stars (6 ratings)
10 Congress Street; Suite 300
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Gabriel Akopian sees patients in Pasadena, CA and Glendale, CA. His medical specialty is general surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Akopian is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Adventist Health System. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Akopian takes. Before performing his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Akopian attended Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Akopian (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Armenian.

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Ms. Jeannie Shen MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Urology, Surgical Oncology
average rating 3.94 stars (10 ratings)
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue; Suite 300
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Jeannie Shen's medical specialty is general surgery, urology (urinary tract disease), and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shen include breast cancer and breast reconstruction. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Dr. Shen is affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Breast Issues, Breast Reconstruction, Breast Cancer

Mr. Thomas L. Vander Laan M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Other, Critical Care
50 Bellefontaine Street; Suite 303
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Vanderlaan is a specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He works in Pasadena, CA. His clinical interests encompass wounds. Dr. Vanderlaan accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Wounds

Ignacio Acosta M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 5 stars (12 ratings)
1808 Verdugo Boulevard; Suite 409
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Ignacio Acosta-Figueroa is a specialist in general surgery. Dr. Acosta-Figueroa has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Acosta-Figueroa is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Adventist Health System.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue; Suite 400
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Christian Ochoa specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ochoa has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ochoa is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Keck Medicine of USC.

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Dr. Dawn M. Hills M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
average rating 4.87 stars (4 ratings)
209 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Dawn Hills practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She has indicated that her clinical interests include breast cancer surgery and breast issues. Dr. Hills has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hills honors. She attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hills is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Breast Cancer Surgery

Dr. Wes J. Powell MD
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 5 stars (7 ratings)
50 Bellefontaine; Suite 302
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Wes Powell is a specialist in general surgery. His areas of expertise include stomach surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Powell's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Powell is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, Stomach ... (Read more)

Troy Lamar MD
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 2.57 stars (7 ratings)
39 Congress Street; Suite 300
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Troy Lamar is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Pasadena, CA and Arcadia, CA. His clinical interests encompass stomach surgery and laparoscopic gastric banding. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. Dr. Lamar attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For his professional training, Dr. Lamar completed a residency program at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lamar honors.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, Stomach Surgery

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What is General Surgery?

A general surgeon is a specialist who performs many different kinds of operations, with a focus on those located in the chest and abdomen. General surgeons have specific knowledge about anatomy, surgical techniques, and wound care that allows them to excel at a wide variety of procedures.

While a general surgeon can perform many different kinds of operations, there are a few types that are most common in general surgery. They include:
  • Mastectomies and breast cancer removal
  • Laparoscopic abdominal surgery, including hernia repairs and weight loss surgery
  • Colorectal surgery to treat conditions such as intestinal polyps or Crohn’s disease
  • Abdominal transplants, such as kidney transplants or liver transplants
  • Emergency surgery, performing all different kinds of needed surgery in an emergency department

A general surgery residency requires the doctor to have direct experience in ten widely different areas, including abdominal procedures, pediatric surgery, removing cancer, and repairing trauma. General surgeons have the ability to examine patients, perform biopsies, and plan care. They can prescribe antibiotics and pain medication and manage complications. They are operation experts, from diagnosis through recovery.
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