We found 11 gastroenterologists who accept Health Net HMO near West Covina, CA.

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Dr. Edward Palmer Laurance, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
1433 W. Merced Avenue; #102
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Edward Laurance is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Laurance graduated from Meharry Medical College and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laurance's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Adventist Health System, and PIH Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Mark Wen Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1433 W. Merced Avenue; Suite 102
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Mark Li practices adult gastroenterology in Hacienda Heights, CA and West Covina, CA. Dr. Li's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Physician Associates IPA - Queen of Valley. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Li speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1850 S. Azusa; #208
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Chia-Chi Lai is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Monterey Park, CA and Hacienda Heights, CA. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Dr. Lai attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Lai (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Lai is affiliated with Alhambra Hospital Medical Center (AHMC).

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Sartaj Arora sees patients in West Covina, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arora takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4111 Maine Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Rangarao Panguluri is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Baldwin Park, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Panguluri is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Andhra Medical College. He is conversant in Telugu.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Suresht Sharma is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sharma studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17170 Colima Road; Suite E
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Christina Chen is a gastroenterologist in Hacienda Heights, CA. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen is conversant in Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Corina, CA
 

Dr. Osama Sidhom sees patients in West Corina, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sidhom (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1135 S Sunset Avenue; Suite 405
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Truong is a West Covina, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Truong is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
906 S Sunset Avenue
West Covina, CA
 

Dr. Mumtaz Akram is an adult gastroenterologist in West Covina, CA. Dr. Akram has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Khyber Medical College.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17170 Colima Road; Suite E
Hacienda Heights, CA
 

Dr. Sam Kam specializes in adult gastroenterology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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