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  • Mehrdad Saliminejad, MD
    Mehrdad Saliminejad, MD
    Board Certified Gastroenterologist

    Mehrdad Saliminejad, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterologist and founder of ProDigest Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates in Lakewood and Long Beach, California.

    Dr. Saliminejad — or simply Dr. Sal — opened his practice to provide individualized, high-quality patient care using the most advanced tools and techniques. 

    After earning his Doctor of Medicine at Qazvin University of Medical Sciences in Qazvin, Iran, Dr. Saliminejad went on to complete his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. 

    Dr. Saliminejad relocated to the United States, completing both his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. 

    Dedicated to his profession, Dr. Saliminejad took an advanced endoscopy fellowship in endoscopic ultrasound at Montreal General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  

    He was recruited by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, as an assistant professor of clinical medicine and became director of advanced endoscopy and interim chief of the gastroenterology division. 

    After teaching residents and fellows for five years at SIU, Dr. Saliminejad moved back to Southern California to serve as director at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center’s Gastroenterology & Advanced Endoscopy Services in Long Beach. He also directs the gastroenterology clinic at the Todd Cancer Institute.

    With years of experience managing complex medical problems, Dr. Saliminejad aims to provide the best care possible in a personalized, compassionate, and insightful manner. To better serve his diverse community, Dr. Saliminejad is fluent in English and Farsi and can communicate in Spanish.

    In his spare time, Dr. Saliminejad enjoys learning new things and spending time with his family. 

  • Fariba Javadi, MD
    Fariba Javadi, MD
    Hepatologist

    Dr. Javadi was born in Iran and grew up in Houston, Texas.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin and went on to obtain her Master's from Texas State University.  She received her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine and completed her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center in New York.  

    She moved back to Houston to complete her Fellowship in Hepatology at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston, where she stayed on as an Attending Physician. 

    After moving to Los Angeles in 2006, Dr. Javadi worked as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).  She subsequently accepted an Assistant Professorship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to care for patients with Liver disease, and continued to train Residents and Fellows.  

    Dr. Javadi eventually moved back to the Los Angeles area and joined ProDigest Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates, to continue caring for patients with liver disease.  She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

    Dr. Javadi is dedicated to helping patients with liver disorders, including fatty liver, viral Hepatitis, and management of liver cirrhosis/end-stage liver disease that may require liver transplant evaluation.  Her detailed and humanistic approach to providing care for patients with liver disorders is built on years of experience at various academic centers.

    Dr. Javadi looks forward to serving the people of Southern California. 

    Please contact our office to verify acceptance of your insurance plan. Qualifications for insurance coverage may differ due to the uniqueness of each procedure. We are happy to file insurance for your reimbursement as long as you are free to choose your own gastroenterologist.

  • Barton Ueki, MD
    Barton Ueki, MD
    Gastroenterologist

    He obtained his undergraduate degree at University of Berkeley in Northern California in 1962. He subsequently attended and completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1966 with a Postgraduate in 1967. He then joined the U.S. Army from 1967-1969.  He pursued his Residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Southern California - Keck School of Medicine (USC) from 1969-1972, with an additional Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship also at USC 1972-1974. He opened his own Gastroenterology Private Practice in Whittier, CA from 1974-2015 and additionally joined our GI group here in Lakewood, CA in 2016.

    Please contact our office to verify acceptance of your insurance plan. Qualifications for insurance coverage may differ due to the uniqueness of each procedure. We are happy to file insurance for your reimbursement as long as you are free to choose your own gastroenterologist.

  • Jose Pantoja, MD
    Jose Pantoja, MD
    Gastroenterologist

    He studied Medicine at the University of Chile and received his Physician/Surgeon - Medico-Cirujano degree in 1973.  He then remained at the institution to pursue a career in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, where he was Faculty of Medicine, teaching as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology, with emphasis in research in Gastrointestinal Motility.

    After publishing several articles, he moved to the United States, where he was accepted as a Research Fellow, with eventual completion of Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship at The University of Southern California - Keck School of Medicine (USC) in 1981.

    Dr. Pantoja started his  Gastroenterology Private Practice in the Los Angeles area, while teaching Gastrointestinal and Liver disease courses at LAC-USC and attending clinics as Faculty Volunteer Attending. In his free time Dr. Pantoja enjoys reading, walking and exercising, connecting with his friends and traveling with his wife, Karen, around the world.

    Please contact our office to verify acceptance of your insurance plan. Qualifications for insurance coverage may differ due to the uniqueness of each procedure. We are happy to file insurance for your reimbursement as long as you are free to choose your own gastroenterologist.

ProDigest Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates

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5750 Downey Ave, Suite 202,
Lakewood, CA 90712

We are closed everyday from 12pm - 1:30pm

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Thursday  

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