Danny Issa, MD
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Danny Issa, MD

  • Gastroenterology|
  • Interventional Gastroenterology
Average rating: 4.9
| 31 ratings
 
West Hills Primary & Specialty Care | 7345 Medical Center Drive, Suite 420, West Hills, CA 91307

About

Dr. Issa is a gastroenterologist and an interventional and bariatric endoscopist whose clinical practice focuses on using minimally-invasive approaches to diagnose and treat digestive diseases such as obesity, pancreas and bile ducts disorders, esophagus and stomach conditions, hiatal hernia, gastroparesis, fatty liver disease, hemorrhoids, colon polyps and early cancer lesions. He has a particular interest in bariatric endoscopy and obesity medicine and is co-leading the endoscopic bariatric program at UCLA. He has obtained additional training at Weill Cornell, New York, for cutting-edge endoscopic weight loss procedures such as endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG), gastric revision following bypass surgery, suturing the stomach to treat weight regain following surgical sleeve gastrectomy (re-sleeve), transoral outlet reduction (TORe), and gastric balloon placement. Gastrointestinal procedures he performs also include colonoscopy with removal of all sizes of polyps, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), tumor ablation, endoluminal stenting, trans-nasal esophagoscopy, mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM).

After earning his medical degree from the University of Damascus, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University, Chicago, and a residency in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic - Fairview Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Virginia Commonwealth University and an advanced endoscopy fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had extensive training on numerous innovative endoscopic procedures. Dr. Issa has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and presented his research at numerous national meetings.

Dr. Issa is American board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He is involved in teaching for medical students and residents and runs a board review course for gastroenterology trainees at UCLA. He is an associate editor of the GastoHep Advances journal of the AGA, and on the editorial board of the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH) journal. He is an active member of the public relation committee of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), an active member of the members engagement committee at the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and an active member of the Congressional Advocacy Program of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), in addition to being a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Languages

English

Education

Medical Board Certifications

Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2018
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2015

Fellowships

Advanced Endoscopy Program, Weill Cornell Medical College (Internship/Fellow/Resident), 2019
Gastroenterology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 2018

Residency

Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2015

Degree

MD, Damascus University Faculty of Medicine, 2011

Recognitions

  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2023, 2024

Locations

San Fernando Valley

West Hills Primary & Specialty Care

Gastroenterology| Family Medicine| Internal Medicine
West Los Angeles

General Surgery

General Surgery| Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology| Trauma Surgery +2 more specialties

UCLA Health Digestive Diseases at Los Robles Regional Medical Center

UCLA Health Digestive Diseases at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Videos

EUS-guided ablation of the pancreas
Endoscopic innovations for weight loss
Endoscopy video forum
Pancreaticobiliary disease: The management of hilar cholangiocarcinoma
Pancreaticobiliary disease: ERCP

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • TRICARE
  • UnitedHealthcare

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Recognitions

  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2023, 2024