Dr. Sean Lai, MD

Dr. Sean Lai, MD

Gastroenterology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 69
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.Read his story

2001 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 1286W

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact Information

(310) 453-0553

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Delta Health System
  • 6 More

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Top Care Areas

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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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2  Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

2  Board Certifications

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

87  Conditions Treated

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9  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • 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.


  • 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

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Dr. Lai's Reviews

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

Likelihood to Recommend (7)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Lai's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes
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