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Dr. Paul Choi

Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
Los Angeles, CA
38 years experience male

Locations

Los Angeles Endoscopy Center

Los Angeles, CA

Address

3663 W, 6th St., Los Angeles, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 6:00am - 1:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(213) 387-5804

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross of California

Health Net Of California

Cigna

Medicare

Blue Shield of California

Mega Life and Health Insurance Company

Pacificare Life & Health Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Enter your bio...Dr. Paul M. Choi is the current Director of Los Angeles Endoscopy Center. He is a board-certified gastroenterologist. He received his undergraduate degree from M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA where he graduated with top honors and was elected to the honor society, phi beta kappa. He obtained his medical education from the Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA where he was awarded highly coveted the John Harvard National Scholarship for full four years. He did his internal medicine training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Choi obtained his gastroenterology training at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Languages spoken

Korean

Doctor Q&A

70 Answers
24 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
AST Rise: A rise in ast or alt indicates liver injury or hepatitis. You should have a formal evaluation by an internist or hepatologist to find out more. Causes... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Lactose Intolerance: It depends. If when you say "processed" you mean that they still contain lactose, there answer would be no. Here is more info on this condition: htt... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Ulcer and Liver: Ulcer is a disease of mucosa. It is a crater like lesion that occurs in the intestinal tract such as esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines. U... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Crohn's Disease: There are many treatment including Imuran (azathioprine) or 6-mercaptopurine used in crohn's disease. http://www.laendo.net/english/inflammatory-bowel... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are enlarged blood vessels either internal or external or both. They do not cause intestinal blockage.http://www.laendo.net/english/hemorr... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Lactose Intolerance: When you say "brand" I am assuming what brand of milk. You should purchase lactaid or dairy ease or equivalent. Here is more: http://www.Laendo.Net/e... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
SGPT/SGOT: These are liver enzymes that indicate injury to the liver. Depending on the degree of the rise, you should consult your physician to find out. Causes ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
High liver enzyme : Although loose stool can be a non-specific symptom due to various condition such as certain food, lactose intolerance, etc., elevated liver enzyme pro... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Normal mucosa.: Here are some examples: http://www.Laendo.Net/table/endoscopic-images/normal/.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Loose Stool: Loose stool may be due to various causes including change in dietary pattern, bowel infection, irritable bowel syndrome, or more serious condition suc... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Nausea: Your symptom of burping, especially when lying on right side is most likely related to acid reflux. In young male of age 22, these not very worrisome,... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Hemorrhoids: The first step in treating hemorrhoids is to underlying cause. The most common cause is bad bowel habit and constipation. Here are some tips that you ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Elevated LFT: Elevated lft have various causes including viral hepatitis, genetic condition and even more ominous condition. However the most common cause of elevat... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
What is colonoscopy?: Colonoscopy is an examination that enables a careful evaluation of the lining of the colon (large intestine) for abnormalities. It is performed by ins... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Constipation: The normal bowel frequency in general is from 3 times a day to 3 times a week. When one has difficulty with either each movement or frequency, it is a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Elevated bilirubin: Bilirubin of 45 with elevated sgot/sgpt is extremely serious medical condition. This is something you should see your doctor immediately for.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Hemorrhoid: Hemorrhoids, especially, external hemorrhoids can be associated with severe anal pain. However, it is unusual for the pain to be radiating to other pa... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Lactose intolerance: When you say it makes you "extremely ill" it would be helpful to know what you mean by that. If you are developing symptoms such as bloating, flatulen... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is an end-stage liver condition that affects many aspect of liver function. Although the longevity is adversely affected, it is hard to defi... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Beano or Gas X: Beano or gas x would be useful in those with problem with excessive gas. Without those symptom, there is no justification to use them.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Benign Condition: Here is the link to parakeratosis. It is a condition in which there is an increased cell division of the esophageal cells and is usually considered t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Omeprazole: Omperazole or Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor that suppresses the production by the cells in the stomach. Reduction in acid production in the stom... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
H.pylori: H. Pylori is a chronic infectious condition of the stomach. It is often associated with gastritis and thus some abdominal discomfort. Greasy food is u... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Lactose Intolerance: Lactose intolerance is a condition in which there is a lack of enzyme to digest a sugar called lactose. Common symptoms are diarrhea, bloating and fla... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Gastroenteritis: Viral gastroenteritis tends to be infectious and can transmit to family members. However, symptoms of viral gastroenteritis tends to be milder and may... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Abdominal Pain: There are many causes of non-stop abdominal pain, ranging from mild inflammation of stomach such as gastritis, acid reflux, ulcer, gallstone, inflamm... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Chron's Diagnosis: Although colonoscopy is usually most useful when you are having symptoms related to crohn's flare, colonoscopy exam can be helpful in diagnosing vario... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Lactose Intolerance: Lactose intolerance can have varying degree of severity. You may just get gas pain without having diarrhea. Here is more information on this condition... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Stomach Aches: Stomach ache is a general condition that can affect everyone including those who are quadriplegic.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Ranitidine: Ranitidine or zantac (ranitidine) is a relatively safe medication. The use of Ibuprofen or Motrin is usually not contraindicated.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Heartburn: Heartburn usually related to acid regurgitation may be related to excessive acid secretion, regurgitation or coffee, among other things. I would make ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Insurance Coverage: Insurance coverage for liver transplant varies by carrier. You should check this with your insurance representative.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
GERD : Grade a gerd is fairly mild condition. Erosive antral gastritis is certainly not a serious condition. I would follow what your GI doctor have advised ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Minimal Clinical Sig: 1. Hyperemia is defined as: an abnormally large amount of blood in any part of the body. 2. Squamous changes refers to cell type found in esophag... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Lactose Intolerance: For people who are unable to drink milk, there are a variety of choices, such as lactaid or dairy ease products. Here is more info on do's and don'ts ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Change in Bowel Move: It is not unusual to a person to have some type of change in the frequency of bowel movement, especially if there was some change in dietary pattern. ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
GERD: It you indeed have gerd, there are many things that you can do to alleviate your symptoms. Here is a summary: <a href="http://www.Laendo.Net/e... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Cold Tummy: Cold tummy as you are describing it (to the touch) is most likely not a serious medical condition. It could be due to poor circulation but is unlikely... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Painful Diarrhea: If you are having diarrhea that is painful or having pain that is moving around, it may not be a simple condition. You should check to see if you are ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Nissen fundiplicatn: This is surgery that is designed to recreate the sphincter at the distal end of your esophagus such that acid reflux problem is reduced. Unfortunately... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Bile: Bile is a substance that is produced by the liver. It is made up of bilirubin. It is stored in you gallbladder and helps you digest fatty food. In nor... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Cecal polyp: Cecal polyp is located in the proximal colon where the small intestine meets the large bowel. Apr (abdominal perineal resection) is usually reserved f... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Elevated LFT: There are many causes for elevated lft including viral hepatitis and even cancer. Its treatment will depend on the exact cause. However the most commo... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Stomach Ache: There are various causes of stomach ache and its management would depend on its cause. In general, most people try to take antacid or acid reducer suc... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Chronic Gastritis: Chronic gastritis, by no means, is a fatal condition. However, it may be associated with other condition such as intestinal metaplasia. Here is the im... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
GERD: . There are many causes that can result in your symptoms, including gerd. Since acid reflux is one of the most common symptoms that people experience,... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Elevated LFT: The management of elevated SGOT will depend on its cause. There are various causes including viral hepatitis, genetic condition and even cancer. You s... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Lactose Intolerance: I am assuming that when you say "can't have any more" I am assuming that you are feeling bloated and is unable to ingest any more. This may be related... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Alarm Symptoms: In general, alarm symptoms include lack of appetite, weight loss, bleeding, etc. Mild bloating, butterflies, headache etc. Would not constitute a majo... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Gastric Ulcer: There are various medications that can be used to treat gastric ulcer including antacid, h2-blocker (e.g. Zantac), proton pump inhibitor (e.g. Priolos... Read More

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Dr. Choi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you, that's the next step I just needed clarification.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I haven't had much pain today.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard Medical School, MA
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

New York Hospital
Completed 1989

Awards

2009,10, 11 patient choice award
patients choice award of 2012
Top Gastroenterologist, Second Place, National - Spring
2014
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