Dr. Kenneth Cheng

Family Medicine
Newport Beach, CA
33 years experience male

Locations

Office

Newport Beach, CA

Address

500 Superior, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Kenneth Cheng is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a co-founder of Personalcare Physicians, LLC, a management company of concierge medical practices utilizing technology and best practices to assist physicians in providing optimal care to their patients. In addition to Family Medicine, Dr. Cheng has particular interest in Sports Medicine and Disaster Medicine. He is a regional expert on Disaster and Tactical Medicine, where he teaches on these topics to local law enforcement and the lay public. Dr. Cheng has previously volunteered with FEMA in New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and he currently volunteers as a reserve deputy sheriff as a tactical physician for the SWAT team, and is a search and rescue team member where he is a rope rescue technician. TO ALL USERS OF HEALTHTAP, BOTH PHYSICIANS AND NON-PHYSICIANS:Dr. Cheng believes that HealthTap can play a vital role for individuals who need questions answered without getting a diagnosis. He also believes that it is reward enough to help those in need and that no additional reward is needed.  As such, he DOES NOT ask for or seek votes, recommendations, awards or other accolades.  Instead, he believes that the true ranking of a physician is based on 1) the quality of his answers, 2) the number of colleagues who agree with his answers, and 3) the genuine and heartfelt "thank you" notes and thank you's.  This is reward enough.  Lastly, he will "agree" with physician answers when appropriate, but will not recommend or vote for physicians as he has no personal knowledge of that physician's skills, personality, traits, bedside manner, or practice style.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Many things to do: Heart disease prevention can be accomplished by regular cardiovascular exercise, cholesterol control, blood pressure management, low saturated fat die... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Finished growing: Bone lengthening occurs at the ends of the long bones at the site of the growth plates. If the growth plates have closed, no more lengthening can occ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Derm problems: Dermatological problems are very difficult to diagnosis without actually seeing the problem. If the er is correct in the diagnosis, allergic condition... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Depends: According to the fda, light canned tuna is considered "low" in mercury, whereas tuna steaks (albacore tuna) are considered "higher" in mercury than th... Read More
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A 68-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Diclofenac: Voltaren is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. In pill form, it is used to treat inflammation (arthritis, muscle injuries, sprains, strain... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
First month: Although the risk is low, using a secondary method of birth control for the first month is safest to prevent a pill failure.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Not unusual: Seeing or feeling one's heartbeat is not unusual, especially in thin individuals. The location of this is known as the pmi, or point of maximum impuls... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Meditation: Meditation can be a very effective tool to help one overcome panic attacks and anxiety. See my healthtap health guide on "meditation made easy" for t... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Very similar: Ulcerative colitis (uc) and crohn's disease are very similar and fall under the category of inflammatory bowel disease (ibd). They differ in that uc g... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Many possibilities: Dermatogic questions, such as rashes, are very difficult to answer accurately since an examination is so important in making a diagnosis. Some of the ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
See your doctor: Balancing your hormones first requires knowledge of where your hormone levels are currently. Best to see your gynecologist or endocrinologist as a fir... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Long half life : Zithromax is a unique medicine that is taken for a shorter duration but continues to work for many days after taking the last pill. If one's symptoms ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Pain/bloody diarrhea: Abdominal cramping and/or pain, blood diarrhea, weakness, dehydration.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
It depends...: Many studies have concluded that the color of one's mucus cannot predict whether one has a bacterial infection or a viral infection. Statistically, m... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: There are many things that can cause abdominal pain; and many of these things can be very serious. Unbearable pain deserves a visit to the emergency ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Possible STD: Painless sore on or near the genital region always makes us concerned for a sexually transmitted disease. See your doctor immediately to have this che... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Varies: The symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) include tiredness, fatigue, sweating, lightheadedness, confusion, and jitteriness.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Other infections: Athletes foot, a fungal infection, can cause cracks and fissures in the skin, which can serve as an entry point for a bacterial skin infection leading... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
No: Generally an x-ray is not necessary for your first visit for back pain. The exception might be if you had trauma to your back (car accident, fall from... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Depends: There are too many variables to be able to give a succinct answer. Your team of physicians (oncologist, surgeon, primary care physician, etc.) collec... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Nerve condition: Neuropathy is a nerve condition that can cause symptoms of numbness, pain, tingling, loss of sensation, or altered sensation. Many conditions can cau... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Methylphenidate is a common medicine used for the treatment of add and adhd. Used appropriately and under the watchful eye of a physician, the medica... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
No: The common cold can occur year round but there is a higher frequency of colds in the winter months for several reasons: 1) more time is spent indoors... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
More info needed: Based on your question, more information is needed to answer your question accurately as it is not clear what condition you are referring to.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Possibly...: One's kidneys are located on both the right and left sides of the lower back, so having pain in the area could be caused by the kidney(s). However, t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Emphysema (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a lifelong disease that can progress and gradually worsen if not adequately treated. Treatment, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
1-5 days: A urinary tract infection, without complications (kidney infection, sepsis, etc.), should resolve with the appropriate antibiotics in a matter of a fe... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Pain and others: A fractured femur is a very painful condition, especially when trying to bear weight on the affected side or when trying to move the leg.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Rest: The most important thing to do initially is to rest the area affected. Icing and/or heat can be helpful and is a good secondary thing to do. Ultimate... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Blood making cells: The bone marrow is where the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are made. A bone marrow biopsy is often recommended when a physician, u... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Multivitamins are "supplements" and are meant to be something extra you would take in addition to your healthy diet. However, we don't always eat a h... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Be Creative!: There are many ways to improve exercise during work. Some include: taking stairs, parking farther away, walking to your favorite lunch spot, walking t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
See your doctor: Any number of things could be occurring to cause a night time tickle in the throat and cough. This includes certain medications (a.C.E. Inhibitors, a... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
See your doctor: Ear pain generally comes from two possible sources: external (i.e. Swimmer's ear) and internal (middle ear infections, etc.) both are treated comple... Read More
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Depends: Generally, a missed medication should be taken as soon as one realizes that they have missed a dose. However, specific instructions should be obtaine... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Safety: Confidentiality does not supersede patient safety or the safety of others. Therapists (and physicians) need to evaluate the credibility of the statem... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Extremely unlikely: The HIV virus has been found in saliva but in such low concentrations that possible infection from saliva is extremely remote. In theory, however, it... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Depends: Treatment of chemical burns will depend on the type of chemical one is exposed to. In a workplace environment, osha requires that a msds (material sa... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Many exercises: With a diagnosis of arthritis in the knees, there are still many exercise that can be performed. These include swimming, water aerobics, elliptical t... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
100%: For the mothers out there, they all work; they just all don't get paid for their work.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Assuming that the fracture is completely healed and you have been told to start exercising, swimming is an excellent way to rehabilitate and strengthe... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Many: Water therapy can be advantageous because it often reduces the stress placed on weight-bearing joints and helps improve muscle tone through the resist... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Possibly: If you admit to being "obsessed" with numbers, then you can see that you already have the "o" in OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder.) the question is ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Several: Two excellent exercise for the hands include gently squeezing a soft rubber ball (flexion of the fingers) and bringing the tips of the fingers togethe... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
High blood pressure: Anti-hypertensive therapy should be started in anyone whose blood pressure is >140/90, unless they are a diabetic or have known heart disease, in whic... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Umbilical hernia?: A soft, reducible protrusion from the belly button is likely from an umbilical hernia. See your doctor, however, if it is hard, non-reducible, or pain... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Saline nasal spray is a very effective moisturizer that, if used frequently, will help in alleviating any sinus obstruction. During the winter and kn... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Parkinson.org: The national parkinson association (www.Parkinson.Org) is a non-profit organization who's focus is on education and resesarch. Their website has a we... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids is till the most likely diagnosis, but the amount of bleeding can be worrisome. Best to return to your doctor, or consider seeing a gastro... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Nothing more to do: Assuming you took the Plan B as directed and appropriately, there is nothing more that needs to be done from a pregnancy prevention standpoint. Need ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Martin Fried
Nov 7, 2014
He is an expert in Backaches, Exercise, Dyslipidemia, Obesity, Depression- We are glad to have him as part of the health tap community because of the service he is performing here.
Jul 5, 2013
Dr. Cheng provides great answers on all kinds of topics. I'm grateful for his knowledge and caring attitude towards others.
Dec 11, 2011
Thank you for your kind words. I like your answers as well
HealthTap member
Thanks. I used to take medicine for ADHD back in college. I stopped after I graduated now I'm wondering if I should visit with my doctor to get back on. I used to see a psychiatrist that prescribed me...Read More
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Thanks Dr. Cheng! I really appreciate your help. I will see a doctor ASAP. This HealthTap app is quite amazing- to get answers on Chritmas Day from an expert physician like yourself- I'm really impres...Read More
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Went to allergist, he said don't do testing just stay away from all pen drugs and cipro drugs. Said if son needs pen or cipro drugs one day we will test then. Do u agree? I'll re post. As a question i...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, CA
Graduated 1990MD

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, California - Winter
2013
Top Family Physician, Second Place, Orange County, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Orange County Region, CA - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Association of Socially Active Physicians (ASAP)
Personalcare Physicians of Newport Beach
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