We found 31 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Pasadena, CA.

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Dr. Yeong An A Sheu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1118 S. Garfield Avenue; Suite 203
Alhambra, CA
 

Dr. Yeong Sheu's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Accountable Health Plans, and more. Dr. Sheu attended National Taiwan University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. He speaks Taiwanese. He is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Alhambra Hospital Medical Center (AHMC). Dr. Sheu welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Ardath Kai Kei Yamaga, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
630 S Raymond Avenue; Unit #310
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Ardath Yamaga is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Her areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and liver disease. Dr. Yamaga is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Children's Hospital Los Angeles Research Institute Poster Session, 2000; Pasadena Top Doctors, 2011 and Southern California Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems

Dr. Waleed Wasfy Shindy, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
630 S. Raymond Avenue; Suite 240
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Waleed Shindy practices adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Shindy speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Patient ratings for Dr. Shindy average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Biliary Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer

Dr. Julie Ting-Yu Yang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 410
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Julie Yang is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Yang's education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Yang (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. She is affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Capsule Endoscopy, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoid Banding, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids

Dr. Stephen M Sentovich, MBA, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Sentovich is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sentovich include minimally invasive surgery, rectal surgery, and colon cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sentovich's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received the following distinctions: 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. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , anorectal problems, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Anorectal Problems, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. David J Lourie, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
50 Bellefontaine Street; Suite 302
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. David Lourie is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Pasadena, CA. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lourie is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Huntington Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Lourie has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Lourie (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel Wai-Kee Chung Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue; Ac 1076
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Chung's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Duarte, CA, South Pasadena, CA, and Arcadia, CA. Dr. Chung is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center and Roger Williams Medical Center. His clinical interests include lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chung accepts. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Chung is conversant in Cantonese. He is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Blood Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Lung Cancer

Dr. Seth Ashley Cohen, MD
Specializes in Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
630 S. Raymond Avenue; Suite 220
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Seth Cohen practices urology (urinary tract disease) and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Cohen honors Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Cohen attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Honorable Mention, Dr. George Kaplan Outstanding Resident Research Award at UCSD; Western Section of the AUA Resident Scholarship Award; and Nominated for UCSD Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to English, Dr. Cohen speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal problems

All Interests: Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Rectal Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Vaginal Prolapse, Parkinson's ... (Read more)

Dr. Jae Yul Kim, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Jae Kim is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kim attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Kim is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, Thymoma, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Helen K Chen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Helen Chen's area of specialization is radiation oncology. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and lung cancer. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chen graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Chen completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She has received the following distinctions: Nominated Pasadena Top Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Stanford University; and Cap and Gown Honor Society, Stanford University. In addition to English, Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Chen's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Brain Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Sarcoma, Bone Problems, Skin Cancer, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Hrair A Koutnouyan, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 230
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan's specialties are plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Koutnouyan include thyroid problems, restylane, and laser surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Koutnouyan has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) speaks Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Chin Surgery, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Sleep Apnea, Restylane, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Yanghee Hee Woo, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Yanghee Woo's area of specialization is surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She attended Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Woo include gastrectomy, pancreatectomy (pancreas removal), and robotic surgery. Dr. Woo is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Woo is conversant in Korean. She is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer

All Interests: Pancreatectomy, Tumor, Splenectomy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Gastrectomy, Stomach Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eddie Hong-Lung Hu, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
707 S Garfield Avenue; Suite 304
Alhambra, CA
 

Dr. Eddie Hu's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Hu is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: genetic issues, bone marrow transplant, and stem cell transplant. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Molina Healthcare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hu attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Hu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Alhambra Hospital Medical Center (AHMC), and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Rectal Problems, Gynecologic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Sickle Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee is a specialist in thoracic surgery. She works in South Pasadena, CA and Duarte, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Erhunmwunsee include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and robotic surgery. Dr. Erhunmwunsee is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She trained at Duke University Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Erhunmwunsee has received professional recognition including the following: Woodruff Scholarship; Emory University Full Merit-based Scholarship; and Phi Beta Kappa. She is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Ata Mazaheri, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1560 E Chevy Chase Drive; Suite 450
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Ata Mazaheri specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Mazaheri's areas of expertise include acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He attended Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for medical school and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Persian. He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mazaheri's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Steve C Chen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Other, Critical Care
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue; Suite 286
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Steve Chen, who practices in Beverly Hills, CA and Pasadena, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Chen include colorectal surgery procedures, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and appendicitis. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Texas Children's Hospital. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Chen is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Appendicitis, Weight Loss Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Colorectal ... (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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