We found 20 oncologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Santa Monica, CA.

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Dr. Soroush Adam Ramin M.D.
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
average rating 4.25 stars (10 ratings)
2080 Century Park East; Suite 1407
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Soroush Ramin works as an urologist and cancer surgeon in North Hollywood, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Ramin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cedars-Sinai and Providence Saint John's Health Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ramin welcomes new patients. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Ramin has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Russian.

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

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
average rating 4.75 stars (4 ratings)
2200 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 121
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb is a specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She works in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For her residency, Dr. Goldfarb trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldfarb honors. Dr. Goldfarb has received the distinction of 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. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Maggie Lee Dinome M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
average rating 4.45 stars (10 ratings)
1245 16th Street; Suite 312
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Maggie Dinome is a Santa Monica, CA physician who specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Her areas of expertise include breast surgery, genetic counseling, and breast cancer. Dr. Dinome's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Medical Institute, and Providence Saint John's Health Center. She graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Dinome takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. She is open to new patients.

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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 a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. His areas of expertise include immunotherapy, anemia, and chemotherapy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Alcantar is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Alcantar has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Alcantar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. His practice 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. Sean Adam Fischer M.D.
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 400e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Sean Fischer works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Fischer is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Dr. Fischer attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Fischer is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Albert James Chang MD PHD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
200 Medical Plaza; Suite B265
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Albert Chang is a radiation oncologist. In Dr. Chang's practice, he is particularly interested in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy (seed implants), and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a graduate of Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis' residency program. Dr. Chang's professional affiliations include the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Carol Yukiko Nishikubo M.D.
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
average rating 4.31 stars (4 ratings)
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 400e
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Carol Nishikubo practices adult hematology and adult oncology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in breast cancer. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nishikubo takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Nishikubo has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

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

Dr. R. Kelley is an oncology (cancer care) specialist. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kelley's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and liver cancer. She is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Kelley attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelley takes.

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

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

Dr. Neil Shah sees patients in San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. His areas of expertise include myeloproliferative disorders. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Shah graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Shah is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Myeloproliferative Disorders

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

Dr. Jennifer Linehan practices urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Linehan's clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and testicular cancer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Medical Institute, and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Linehan attended medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She trained at the University Medical Center, Tucson for her residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Travis Kidner works as a general surgeon and cancer surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Kidner's clinical interests include colon cancer, inguinal hernia, and breast cancer. He is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Kidner has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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

Lisa Martine Chaiken MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Lisa Chaiken's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Chaiken include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). She is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. Before performing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Chaiken attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Chaiken average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. She has an open panel.

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

Robert C. Wollman MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Robert Wollman's specialties are radiation oncology and medical oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wollman include prostate problems, cancer, and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Wollman is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology specialist. Dr. Buchbinder is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Buchbinder's distinctions include: ASCO Young Investigator Award; Stein Oppenheimer Endowment Award; and Southern California Rising Stars.

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

Dr. Geetha Puthenveetil is a pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology specialist. Dr. Puthenveetil's areas of expertise include sickle cell disease. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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. Dr. Puthenveetil is professionally affiliated with 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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Clinical interests: Hemoglobinopathy, Sickle Cell Disease

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

Dr. Kathleen Sakamoto is a specialist in oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders). She works in Los Angeles, CA and Palo Alto, CA. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Sakamoto 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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