We found 19 oncologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Santa Monica, CA.

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Dr. Soroush Adam Ramin, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
2080 Century Park East; Suite 1407
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Soroush Ramin's areas of specialization are urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Clinical interests for Dr. Ramin include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Patient ratings for Dr. Ramin average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Ramin has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. His professional affiliations include Cedars-Sinai and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Ramin is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bladder Removal ... (Read more)

Dr. Melanie R Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
2200 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 121
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb is a physician who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Goldfarb's residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldfarb takes. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Goldfarb is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Thyroid Surgery, Pheochromocytoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maggie Lee Dinome, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1245 16th Street; Suite 312
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Maggie Dinome is a physician who specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Dinome has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include the following: breast surgery, genetic counseling, and breast cancer. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Medical Institute, and Providence Saint John's Health Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Dinome is accepting new patients. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for residency. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Breast Surgery, Genetic Counseling, Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Juan M Alcantar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; 60-054 Chs
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Juan Alcantar is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Los Angeles, CA, Porter Ranch, CA, and Northridge, CA. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: immunotherapy, anemia, and chemotherapy. Dr. Alcantar is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Alcantar takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Exam, Clinical Trials, Immunotherapy, Blood Disorders, Chemotherapy, Cancer, Anemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carol Yukiko Nishikubo, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 400e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Carol Nishikubo's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Nishikubo's residency was performed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In her practice, Dr. Nishikubo focuses on breast cancer. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nishikubo honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Nishikubo's professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

Dr. Sean Adam Fischer, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 400e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Sean Fischer is a Santa Monica, CA physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Dr. Fischer attended St. George's University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Fischer is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robin Kate Litchfield, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. R. Kelley specializes in oncology (cancer care). Clinical interests for Dr. Kelley include esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and liver cancer. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kelley is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Esophageal Cancer

Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
120 South Spalding Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Travis Kidner practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His clinical interests include colon cancer, inguinal hernia, and breast cancer. Dr. Kidner is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kidner is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Colon Cancer, Inguinal Hernia, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Varicose Veins, Breast Cancer, Skin Cancer

Dr. Lisa Martine Chaiken, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Lisa Chaiken's medical specialty is radiation oncology. These areas are among Dr. Chaiken's clinical interests: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). She is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Chaiken is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Skin Cancer, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer A Linehan, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Linehan, who practices in Duarte, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Her clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and testicular cancer. Dr. Linehan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Medical Institute, and Providence Saint John's Health Center. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Linehan is open to new patients. She attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University Medical Center, Tucson. She speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Bladder Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil Pravin Shah, MD, PhD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Neil Shah's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include myeloproliferative disorders. He is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Myeloproliferative Disorders

Dr. Robert C Wollman, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other, Medical Oncology
1328 22nd Street
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Robert Wollman is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology and medical oncology. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Wollman include prostate problems, cancer, and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wollman is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Dr. David Kyle Buchbinder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; Mdcc A2-410
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Buchbinder's medical specialty is pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Buchbinder obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and performed his residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. He has received distinctions including ASCO Young Investigator Award; Stein Oppenheimer Endowment Award; and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Buchbinder's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

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Dr. Geetha Puthenveetil, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; 12-441 Mdcc
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Geetha Puthenveetil practices pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Puthenveetil include sickle cell disease. Dr. Puthenveetil takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of St. John's Medical College and Bangalore University and a graduate of Westchester Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Puthenveetil include: Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Gene Therapy and Physician of Excellence OCMA, Multiple years. Dr. Puthenveetil (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Hemoglobinopathy, Sickle Cell Disease

Dr. Ronald W Thompson, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Thompson specializes in radiation oncology. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Thompson's professional affiliations include Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Thompson is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Kathleen M Sakamoto, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Oncology, Hematology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; 12-441 Mdcc
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kathleen Sakamoto is an oncologist and hematologist. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sakamoto obtained her medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.
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