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Dr. Cigal Shaham moved from Roxbury Pediatrics to Miracle Mile Pediatrics on May 22, 2017. This move allowed Dr. Shaham to take many more insurance plans than at her old practice (see FAQ) and to be on call to her patients directly after hours (that means if you have an urgent question in the evening or on a weekend, you can reach Dr. Shaham and not go through a nurse line or another doctor), while still providing quality, evidence based medicine and preventative health services.

Dr. Shaham’s philosophy:

I love being a pediatrician! As a mother myself, I believe that understanding parenting and families first-hand allows me to form meaningful relationships with families, and treat my patients like my own children. Watching kids grow and develop into their potential is very rewarding, and I am so lucky that parents choose me to be a part of their kids’ lives.

My job as a pediatrician is to help kids and parents reach that potential by optimizing wellness, avoiding problems, and screening for issues that can and should be stopped early. I work with parents and kids on managing behavioral challenges, optimizing school readiness and performance, nutrition, and safety.  Being a parent is challenging these days.

The internet provides lots of helpful information. Sometimes it is so much information that parents feel confused. Let me help. I work with parents to make parenting easier, not harder. I practice evidence-based medicine and follow established recommendations, but not every illness needs a test or a medication. I believe that sometimes medication is important, but so is diet, mental health, exercise and life balance. By taking more time, I can give each patient the care they need to help them meet their full potential.

About

Dr. Shaham was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, graduating from the Hamilton High School Academy of Music. She spent many weekends accompanying her mother, who is a pediatric rheumatologist, to see kids at CHLA, giving her some extra insight into how medicine has changed over the past 40 years.

She received her Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Inter-Disciplinary Studies, Environmental Science. Afterwards she obtained her Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. This led to a position in clinical research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. While working there, Cigal realized research was not enough for her and she decided to go to medical school. Dr. Shaham says, “I love medicine because it allows me to be a scientist, teacher, and detective every day, as well as help the next generation of children grow up healthy and happy.”

Dr. Shaham received her M.D. from the Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. Upon graduation she was presented with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Medical School for International Health. The school has an outstanding emphasis on clinical skills, as well as allowing her to work with diverse populations, including a short time in Ethiopia, and a senior project with the Bedouin community in Southern Israel.

Dr. Shaham’s internship and residency in pediatrics were completed at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Westchester Medical Center,  New York Medical College, where she was their American Academy of Pediatrics Delegate.  She was honored to have received the Pediatric Residency Leadership Award.

After completing her training, Dr. Shaham was overjoyed to move back to Los Angeles with her family, and obtain privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she sees newborn babies. She spent the first 5 and a half years working with Dr. Guy Efron and Dr. Kimberly Klausner at Roxbury Pediatrics in Beverly Hills. Dr. Shaham is now practicing with Dr. Monica Asnani at Miracle Mile Pediatrics.

Dr. Shaham feels lucky to have a wonderful, supportive husband, and a beautiful son, who teaches her something new each day. She is licensed by the Medical Board of California and certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and an active member of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society. She speaks fluent Hebrew and basic Spanish. Dr. Shaham spends her spare time being the Class Mom, watching her son do Kung-Fu, building structures and inventing science projects with him, reading fiction, wasting time on the internet, and exploring Los Angeles.

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FAQs

1) Why should we see you?

I have many years of experience in pediatrics, extra years studying pharmacy (Master’s degree), am a mother myself, and I keep up to date, attending medical conferences every year, and reading the latest research every day. I keep my practice small, so I can give my patients the time they need. I have time to answer questions, explain, teach, learn, and have fun. I personalize each patient’s care, because I have time to get to know them and their medical history. The office I work in is relatively small, so my patients can get same day appointments, and have only a short stay in the waiting room. I use email for non urgent matters and take all my own call at Miracle Mile Pediatrics, so if you have any urgent questions in the evenings or on weekends, I am just a phone call away.

2) What services do you provide?

I provide all regular services offered at an outpatient general pediatrician practice. This includes regular well check exams for infants, children, and adolescents through college, sports clearance exams, surgery clearance exams, same day sick visits, chronic medical problem management and coordination, basic tests for well and sick visits (e.g. hemoglobin or rapid strep swab), and medications that may need to be given in the office (e.g. albuterol or ceftriaxone).

3) Which insurance plans do you take?

Miracle Mile Pediatrics accepts most major PPOs, including Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Healthnet, Oscar, and Motion Picture. To be sure you are covered, you must ask your insurance if “Monica Asnani” is an in network provider within your plan, since our office can only check that your plan is active, and not if you have an “exclusive plan” (which is a misnomer, where they exclude many physicians from being covered). You can also call and speak to our office manager Irma at 323-938-7294 for more information.

We do not take any HMO plans or Medicare/MediCal. If you have one of these plans, you may be seen on a cash basis. Please call and speak to the office manager about prices.

4) Where can I see you, and when?

I see newborn babies and hospitalized patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. If you give birth there, just tell the person checking you in that Dr. Shaham is your pediatrician and they will call me. If you give birth at another hospital or birthing center, ask the pediatrician who sees the baby there when you should follow up with your pediatrician. It is usually about 2 days after discharge from the hospital. Then just call our office during regular business hours for an appointment. Please come in sooner if there are any concerns.

I am at Miracle Mile Pediatrics, 6221 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 215, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Monday through Friday. Dr. Asnani and Dr. Pang will see my patients if I am not in. We also offer video conferencing visits for some problems, so if you have a webcam and app, and an issue that can be resolved by video, you can bee seen from the comfort of your own home, with a video appointment. For those appointments you still need to reserve a time with my secretary, so please call 323-938-7294. For more information check out www.miraclemilepediatrics.com.

5) What do I need to do before the first appointment?

It would be helpful to have your child’s medical records transferred before the first appointment, so that I can review them. If you can’t have all the records sent over in time, please fax or mail the vaccine records. Any records you send ahead of time will be very helpful, so I can review them before your appointment ane be prepared.

6) How do I transfer records between my old pediatrician and you?

Complete medical records require a signature for moving over (due to HIPPAA) and there is a cost to print, copy, and mail the records (as per California law). Ask the administrative assistants at your old office for the form to sign to transfer records, or we can have you complete a form in our office and fax it for you.

7) What is the full contact information for your new office?

Miracle Mile Pediatrics

6221 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 215

Los Angeles, CA 90048

office 323-938-7294

fax 323-954-9295

http://www.miraclemilepediatrics.com

8) What about e-mail?

I can be reached at CigalMD@yahoo.com for non-urgent issues with which you don’t mind being on an open (yahoo) platform. You can also email me via Cedars at cigal.shaham@cshs.org. If your child is sick, or has an urgent issue, please call the office to speak to me directly. If you have a school form or other office related matter, please email the office directly at askthepediatrics@gmail.com. Please include your child’s name and date of birth in the email, as well as a phone number where I can reach you, in case a follow-up call is needed. Thanks to everyone in advance for not abusing this privilege.

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