We found 41 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna near Redondo Beach, CA.

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Dr. Mark H Takemura, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
20911 Earl Street 280
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Mark Takemura's specialty is adult gastroenterology. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has a special interest in acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Takemura's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Takemura honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Oren Zaidel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
23600 Telo Avenue; Suite 260
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Oren Zaidel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Zaidel is especially interested in colon cancer, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Zaidel attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Zaidel (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21840 Normandie Avenue; Suite 700
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Viktor Eysselein specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Eysselein include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Eysselein takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Wurzburg Faculty of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Eysselein (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Eysselein has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Nazir-Uddin U Khaja, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
20911 Earl Street 180
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Nazir Khaja specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. Dr. Khaja's clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Khaja (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Khaja is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
3440 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 420
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Sutha Sachar is an adult gastroenterologist in Torrance, CA. Dr. Sachar speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Sachar include obesity, pancreas problems, and liver disease. She is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Sachar attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Sachar is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. She is accepting new patients.

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3640 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 204
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Judy Law-Torok's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Law-Torok include primary care, liver disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Law-Torok is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Affiliated. Dr. Law-Torok attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Liver Disease, Primary Care, Acid Reflux

Dr. Parvin Fatheddin Peddi, MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Hematology
3445 Pacific Coast Highway; Suite 300
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Parvin Peddi's areas of specialization are medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders); she sees patients in Santa Monica, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Torrance, CA. Before completing her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Peddi attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Peddi include chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award; Chief Editor of Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 33rd Edition; and Mentors in Medicine Research Award, Washington University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Peddi speaks Persian. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. She is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Gynecologic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Liver Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristin Karin Egan, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
2809 N Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Egan is a facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist in Manhattan Beach, CA. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Egan attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, rosacea, and dermabrasion. Patient ratings for Dr. Egan average 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Egan is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Egan is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Melanie Hope Friedlander, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison Street; Suite 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Friedlander specializes in general surgery and practices in Torrance, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedlander include minimally invasive surgery, thyroid problems, and breast surgery. She is affiliated with UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Friedlander trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Houman Esmailzadeh, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison Street; Suite 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Houman Solomon is a general surgeon. His clinical interests include obesity, cancer, and gastric bypass surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Solomon is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Solomon honors. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Solomon completed his residency training at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He is affiliated with UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Solomon has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Aileen Miyoko Takahashi, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
23451 Madison Street; Suite 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Aileen Takahashi is a Torrance, CA physician who specializes in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Takahashi's clinical interests include cancer, sleeve gastrectomy, and stomach problems. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Her education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Rectal Problems, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Colon Problems, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daryl Robert Rheuark, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
24520 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 240
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Daryl Rheuark's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, obesity, and asthma. Dr. Rheuark is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rheuark honors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Steven Douglas Fisher, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison Street; Suite 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Steven Fisher is a Torrance, CA physician who specializes in general surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, thyroid problems, and breast surgery. Dr. Fisher is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Fisher speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach cancer

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Breast Surgery, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edgardo Alvarez Osea, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Sepulveda Boulevard
Harbor City, CA
 

Dr. Edgardo Osea is an internist in Harbor City, CA. He studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital for residency. Dr. Osea's clinical interests include primary care, anti-aging, and diabetes management. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Osea (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, HealthCare Partners IPA - Little Company of Mary, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Primary Care, Diabetes Management, Allergies, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Migraine, Anti-Aging, ... (Read more)

Dr. Meena Wadhawan, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Blvd. 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Meena Oberoi is a Torrance, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Oberoi has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include primary care, obesity, and menopause. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, HealthCare Partners IPA - Little Company of Mary, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Oberoi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has an open panel. Her education and training includes medical school at King George Medical University and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Dr. Oberoi (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Hubert Vance Sung, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
520 N Prospect Avenue; Suite 102
Redondo Beach, CA
 

Dr. Hubert Sung works as a family practitioner. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include primary care, diabetes management, and asthma. Dr. Sung's professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and HealthCare Partners IPA - Little Company of Mary. Dr. Sung graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at VA Wadsworth Medical Center for his residency. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Primary Care, Diabetes Management, Preventive Care, Acid Reflux, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Asthma

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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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