Dr. Sean Lai, MD

Dr. Sean Lai, MD

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Gastroenterology  |  
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69 y/o
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Dr. Sean Lai, MD is a gastroenterology specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has been practicing for 42 years. He graduated from Washington University St Louis in 1976 and specializes in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He speaks several languages including Chinese, Mandarin and Spanish.Read his story

Sean C Lai MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 1286W

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellPoint

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Duodenitis
very high
more than 99% of peers
Gastrointestinal Bleeding
very high
more than 99% of peers
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Lai's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Lai "Dr. Sean Lai, MD is a top-rated gastroenterologist located in Santa Monica, CA. Double board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Lai brings over two decades of experienced in providing diagnostic services, treatment and disease management of issues involving the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. In addition to his technical skill, Dr. Lai is appreciated by patients for his willingness to answer questions and explain test results in user-friendly language. He is an expert in performing a wide-range of advanced procedures including: colonoscopies, EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), liver biopsies, ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), esophageal dilation and PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) used to administer nutrition and medicine directly to the stomach for patients who have difficulty swallowing. Dr. Lai also has extensive experience in using pill capsule endoscopy to diagnose and manage inflammatory bowel disease. This cutting-edge technique obtains internal imaging of the small intestine through a tiny camera inside an enclosed capsule. In addition to treating patients in his private practice, Dr. Lai serves as a clinical assistant professor teaching endoscopy to gastroenterology fellows at the GI Clinic of UCLA/VA Medical Center in Los Angeles and UCLA/Harbor General Hospital in Carson, CA. Dr. Lai graduated from the prestigious California University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a two-year residency in internal medicine and a three-year fellowship in Gastroenterology at the UCLA affiliated Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles."

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Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • All Types of Food Poisoning
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Food Poisoning
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Megacolon
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Salmonella Food Poisoning
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomal Ulcer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Viral Infection
  • Vomiting Disorders

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Liver Biopsy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Washington University St Louis
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • University of Washington
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • UCLA/Va Wadsworth Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • UCLA/Va Wadsworth Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Lai does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Lai and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Lai is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Lai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lai to family and friends
3.0
based on 7 total reviews

Likelihood to Recommend (7)

  • 5
    (3)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (3)

Dr. Lai's Performance

Trustworthiness
GOOD
Explains condition(s) well
GOOD
Answers Questions
GOOD
Time well spent
VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
GOOD
Office environment
GOOD
Staff friendliness
GOOD
Average wait time
31 to 45 minutes

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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Lai accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • ChoiceCare Network
    Choice Care (Humana)
  • Cigna
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
    Molina
  • MultiPlan
    Kaiser PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus
    Options
  • WellPoint

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Hospitals where Dr. Lai has admitting privileges

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
15031 Rinaldi St
Mission Hills, CA 91345
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Providence Saint John's Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
1250 16th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Olympia Medical Center
5900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Southern California Hospital at Culver City
3828 Delmas Ter
Culver City, CA 90232
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