The Department of General & Colorectal Surgery at La Peer Health Systems focuses on the diseases and conditions of the abdominal area and digestive organs. This department has a particular focus on colorectal and laparoscopic procedures. Laparoscopy is a surgical technique where small incisions are made instead of one large incision. This technique has been proven to lower the risk of complications, infections, scarring, and decreases the healing time.

La Peer Health Systems was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker's ASC Review. There are many reasons why La Peer is on the 2013 list, including providing staff with a complete insurance package (medical, dental, and vision), a family-like atmosphere, and additional education opportunities offered. The list is compiled through nominations and editorial research and places are chosen based on benefits, wellness initiatives, development opportunities, and overall work environment. We take great pride in our professional and courteous staff and are honored to be included on Becker's 2013 ASC Review.

General/Colorectal surgeons work very closely with gastroenterologists when treating your GI condition. A gastroenterologist may diagnose a condition while the general surgeon will surgically treat the condition. Many colorectal and gastrointestinal conditions are diagnosed through a colonoscopy. To learn more about undergoing a colonoscopy at our outpatient surgery center, please visit our Colonoscopy Center of Excellence department website.

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Problems

  • Bowel Changes
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Pain
  • Ulcer

Medical Conditions Treated By the Colorectal Surgery Department:

General & Colorectal Procedures

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with one of the mentioned conditions, please email us or call La Peer at 855.360.9119 to set up a consultation. You can also learn more about Crohn's disease and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease on our IBD Center of Excellence department website.

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Dr. Liza M. Capiendo, MD
Liza M. Capiendo, MD
Liza M. Capiendo, M.D. is an Attending Physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She is an active member of the teaching faculty readmore
Dr. Eiman Firoozmand, MD
Eiman Firoozmand, MD
Eiman Firoozmand, M.D. is an attending surgeon in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. readmore
Dr. Allen Kamrava, MD
Allen Kamrava, MD
Allen Kamrava, MD is a board-certified colorectal surgeon at La Peer Health Systems and Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates, Inc. readmore
Gary Hoffman, M.D.
Gary Hoffman, MD
Gary H. Hoffman, M.D. is an Attending Surgeon and instructor in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. readmore