Neal Shindel MD | Gastroenterologist | Whittier, CA | PIH Health
Neal M. Shindel

Neal M. Shindel MD

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Gastroenterology
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4.6 / 5 (based on 1213 Reviews) View 122 Comments

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Dr. Shindel attributes an interest in science and research with his decision to pursue medicine.  He also enjoys helping people.  “Having had several family members with colon cancer, I became committed to making a difference,” says Dr. Shindel, who’s gratified to see fewer patients developing the disease.  In practice for 30 years, he’s performed 50,000 colonoscopies and calls gastroenterology a unique blend of one-on-one patient time, high-tech endoscopic procedures and treatments.

Prior to his role with PIH Health, Dr. Shindel was the Director of the Colon Cancer Prevention Alliance in Whittier that began in 1991. Dr. Shindel and his wife celebrated 25 years of marriage by climbing California’s Mt. Whitney and cycling 121 miles to Badwater, Death Valley, reaching the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States in 24 hours.

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Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Whittier Hospital

PIH Health Physicians

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Gender

Male

Specialties

  • Gastroenterology

Additional Languages

  • Spanish

Education

Medical School

SUNY State University of New York-Syracuse College of Medicine

Internship

Temple University Hospital (Pennsylvania)

Residency

Temple University Hospital (Pennsylvania)

Fellowship

Veterans Affairs Medical Center-West Los Angeles (California)

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

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Patient Reviews

January 11, 2022
Great service from all personal employees and doctors. A little late s the planned appointment
January 10, 2022
It was a phone visit so I had no interaction with office staff but when I have they are the best.
January 07, 2022
Nursing staff was outstanding, everything was efficient and they actually took me in 30 minutes early for the procedure.
December 28, 2021
Dr shindel took time to really explain anything I asked about. Very experienced and calming.
December 28, 2021
Went very smooth. Thank you
December 28, 2021
Knowledgeable staff, courteous, professional....thank you to all staff great job.
December 27, 2021
happy new year to all of dr Shindel's staff
December 23, 2021
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all nurses who took care of me during my visit: [Name Removed] They made a huge difference for me with their professionalism and kindness. Shahin Said
December 23, 2021
I'm very grateful with PIH's team of great doctors, nurses, and staff!
December 22, 2021
I want to compliment Dr. Shindel. He did a fabulous job, answered all the questions, assured me of the the protocols and the procedures. I also would like to acknowledge the nursing staff was outstanding. Absolutely first rate. It's a great team Dr. Shindel and the nursing staff. My compliments to them and I greatly appreciate the professionalism. Thank you.
December 22, 2021
Yeah, the work was excellent thank you.
December 21, 2021
Very happy with PIH keep up the good work.
December 21, 2021
I was made very comfortable, and all the staff helped me to relax. All my questions were answered carefully, and I was assisted at every level. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
December 21, 2021
Thank you so much Dr. Neal Shindel for your great services . Big thank you also to nurses [names removed], even though I was nervous you made me feel very comfortable and calm.
December 20, 2021
I am grateful for the care that I receive at PIH. Dr. Shindel calmed my fears and gave me great peace of mind during this office visit. The office staff was wonderful and patient with all of my concerns and questions. Sincerely [PHI removed]
December 20, 2021
PIH Health system is outstanding
December 20, 2021
Dr Shindel is a very easy to talk to physician and makes me feel valued. He has such a personable personality it makes having an appointment an enjoyable and informative time
December 10, 2021
The whole team was very nice & respectful, from the front desk, the nurses and everyone who assisted the Dr. I'm ready to have another one done ?? J/K.
December 10, 2021
Everyone was caring and helpful. The staff and doctors are awesome. I feel like I can live to 200 because of PIH!
December 10, 2021
The doctor cancels the procedure because it was concerned about my low platelet count and wanted to know more. But I told him the specialist was stilling running more tests. He stated until they know what was causing the low count, he stated it would be safer to proceed due to bleeding issued once the doctor can confirm a diagnosis. That really made me feel that he cared. He made me feel like a person and not a procedural item to make money. I like that my health came first.
December 10, 2021
Great experience!
December 10, 2021
The colonoscopy went really well and the staff were great. Appreciate Dr.Neal Shindel so much.
December 09, 2021
Dr. Shindel was a great physician. He did a great job. I'm very happy with the service. I'm glad he's a part of PIH, and his staff was very attentive, on top of things, and on schedule, and kept me very well informed. I would recommend Dr. Neal Shindel's staff to everyone that I can. Thank you. Have a great day. This is {removed PHI}.
December 09, 2021
The staff at this facility seem to go out of their way to be friendly and make you comfortable.
December 08, 2021
The nurses were friendly and very informative. They were professional, yet caring and personable.
December 08, 2021
Great nurses, very good service
December 07, 2021
Yes, I have never been to this doctor's office. I've never met his office staff. I've never really consulted with him all that much but he is a fine gastroenterologist and that's why I go to him.
December 07, 2021
The staff was very professional and made me feel very comfortable from the moment I walked into the office.
December 07, 2021
It is ridiculous to me that I had to check in 2 hours before the procedure and sit and wait even longer as they were running behind. When my wife called to get an update she received a pretty rude response from the front desk that if they hadn't called her I wasn't ready
December 03, 2021
Staff was very courteous and attentive. Kind.
December 03, 2021
The receptionist in the staff was highly professional courteous and made my visit very comfortable I'd recommend Dr. Shindel to all my friends relatives
December 03, 2021
The discharge process appeared disorganized. I was almost out the door before anyone realized that I'd not met with a nurse or received discharge paperwork or post-procedure instructions. That turned into a 30-minute delay in discharge. It did not inspire confidence.
December 03, 2021
Dr. Shindel and the staff of the GI Lab demonstrated a high degree of competence and professionalism. The nursing staff were great at what they did and were thoughtful, kind and very pleasant in all their interactions. My thanks to [PHI removed] for a painless IV-line insertion. Dr. Cobau's sedation could not have been better. The staff at the initial check-in, who have a very monotonous job, were more like automatons. A cheerful smile and pleasant, helpful tone would help create a better atmosphere for the patient and caregiver.
December 03, 2021
The whole colonoscopy experience went very well.
December 02, 2021
Everything was done before time! Didn't have to wait! Everyone was kind and helpful. It was a good experience. I highly recommend Dr Neal Shindel!!!!
December 01, 2021
Dr Shindel is a very easy person to talk with. I was pleasantly surprised. The nursing staff were wonderful. Everything went very well for me. All in all this office Dr and staff are the best.
December 01, 2021
Facility is clean, procedure started as scheduled, staff are caring and practice professionalism
December 01, 2021
Dr. Shindel and staff in room put me at ease and went over every single detail of surgery. All staff very courteous and professional. My thanks to all.
November 30, 2021
Question Number 2 should have been a 4 I hit 2 on accident. He explained everything very well.
November 30, 2021
DR Neal Shindel is extremely kind. He is a very good Doctor.
November 29, 2021
The nurses were great and made me feel very comfortable before and after my procedure.
November 29, 2021
I had to get to my scheduled colonoscopy 2 hours before my procedure. That was totally unnecessary and placed my health at risk. i didn't need to be out in the community for that long and potentially expose myself to the C19 virus. With a compromised immune system this exposure risk was totally unnecessary. My scheduled procedure was about an hour late and would have been later, but one person ahead of me got so discouraged with waiting that i heard her tell the staff that she was leaving, couldn't wait any longer and to cancel her procedure. Or my procedure would have been even later. I got there at 10:40 for a 12:40 proceedure that didn't happen until more like 1:40.
November 24, 2021
Everything was in a timely manner and the staff was great made you feel comfortable in a uncomfortable moment.
November 24, 2021
Overall I'm very happy with the service
November 23, 2021
Dr. Shindel is the best. My mother had died of colon cancer at age 71. I have followed up with a colonoscopy every five years with Dr. Shindel on his recommendation. He has removed precancerous polyps. I will be 70 in January. He is a great, caring doctor!
November 23, 2021
Good doctor, knows what he's doing!!
November 22, 2021
Dr. Shindel is a smooth operator. His staff was extremely... friendly, efficient and professional. I was extremely impressed by the level of service I received. Thank you.
November 22, 2021
It has become increasingly difficult to call any PIH doctor's office and schedule an appointment. Typically on hold from 15 to 30 minutes. Unable and most instances to get an appointment in the near future. This doctor wanted to see me back in 2 weeks but there was nothing available until 3 weeks or more
November 22, 2021
Dr Neal Shindel was very detailed and thorough in reviewing my chart & CT SCan. He was not rushed and made me very comfortable with the final determination for after care. I was very impressed with his overall exam and walked away feeling relieved and appreciated his genuine attention to my care. Thank you!
November 19, 2021
I want to thank everybody in the facility. They were very attentive, caring, explained everything that was needed, even with my worries and scared they made sure that I was confident and... comfort that everything was good when I came out of bed, they had warm towels for me. I mean, a cover water and orange juice and waited for me to make sure I got my right in. You know, when I went in for the procedure, I was nervous and scared and they comforted me to make sure that I was going to be okay. I'm grateful for this experience.
November 19, 2021
Great
November 18, 2021
Excellent service and attention
November 18, 2021
It's not the doctors are bad. The problem is is the time to take it to get appointments, just like 3 or 4 months waiting to an appointment. I know they're places are like 6 months. It's like, With me. If you'd like, I have, if you have illnesses that are continuing, you're refusing to seek treating the way they were. And if he different doctors in that. You're already outdated, I mean I have to have my procedure done 3 months ago with whoever I was seeing but you said you can't see them anymore. They've reschedule you and it's the next additional 3 months on top of what you already, waited answer them. You don't get any timely care. And that's a big issue is not having to do with the doctors has to do with your scheduling and the amount of patience. I guess you can't give too many patients and not enough doctor's.
November 18, 2021
Staff was courteous, logging me in, the physician had another patient in front of me, but he came to me as expeditiously as possible. I recommend this physician with respect to his confidence level, with respect to his courtesy and the way he interacts with the patient.
November 18, 2021
Very nice staff
November 17, 2021
Every single nurse made the difference. I'm very grateful for the nurses.
November 16, 2021
I understand that things happen, however I was seen almost 2 hours after me appointment time. I would suggest calling patients to let them know if the appointment will run more than an hour late so they can come later.
November 16, 2021
He explained what I have coming procedure. Did not seem rushed during our consultation. I felt comfortable with our conversation when I left. But definitely for friends and family to see him
November 16, 2021
Dr. Shindel has always been attentive, professional, timely, great listener and empathetic, investigative and knowledgeable! My experience with the surgery center was incredible! All staff was crime the front desk Or stupendous. I highly recommend all of them
November 16, 2021
Waiting time is extremely long and it is hard to schedule an appt for check up
November 12, 2021
Dr. Shindel was very professional. He was got me in ahead of schedule, and I didn't take any medication. They didn't knock me out. So I was a little bit disappointed, that I couldn't leave so quickly. I really wanted to leave, but they kept insisting no that I had to stay until my, my ride was downstairs. And that was a little inconvenient. But other than that his, his procedure, and everything else went very well. It was very good, and it was very professional. And I would definitely recommend anyone, that has insurance that we see you. Those that don't have it. I don't know that they would go that I can go to that. Your office is however, I would I would definitely tell them it was a good experience. Thank you.
November 12, 2021
Everyone was great!
November 11, 2021
I've known Dr. Shindel for a few years and he is excellent. And I would recommend him to my family. And he's very professional. Thank you.
November 11, 2021
Everybody was very kind helpful nice and understanding thank you all very much for what you do it was a very well organized procedure
November 10, 2021
He is a really a nice doctor. That's a second time I see him and I look forward to seeing him again. Thank you.
November 10, 2021
This was my first colonoscopy, and I had some concerns. Everything went so well , I had the best nap ?? and before you know it it was all over. Great experience!!
November 08, 2021
We waited 2 hours despite having an appointment. Our appointment was at 3:30. We were taken back at 4:44. We didn't see the physician for another...I'd say about 45 minutes after that to an hour. So total weight time, we spent waiting for the physician is about 2 hours. Now granted, this is our first visit, was a consult visit so he did take his time to spend a lot of time explaining things and asking questions getting to know us, but the initial waiting time,that's way too long, especially when we have an appointment and this office also charges patients for missed visits. Am I going to get to charge the patient for my lost time? I don't, I mean, charge the physician? I can't, right? So I think that the time should be respected, if I have an appointment time at 3:30, I shouldn't have to wait 2 hours. I think 30 minutes is reasonable for waiting time, but 2 hours is just too much.
November 08, 2021
Dr had his team all in place very together. Waiting lobby area all very pleasant. Preparation area and recovery area also. Over all a very together atmosphere.
November 05, 2021
Excellent service and very professional
November 05, 2021
Very caring and professional staff
November 05, 2021
Everyone was great and professional
November 05, 2021
Great experience.
November 04, 2021
Due to my stool test coming back positive I was scheduled for the colonoscopy. I was fit into the busy schedule for the procedure in a timely manner. Thank you for working me in, the crew of technicians, nurses, and others was a good experience.
November 04, 2021
Everything was great though should explained about no guests with patient due to covid this should be told before appointment, i watched them tell people for the first time when they checked in to there surprise, I only new because i went there the day before.
November 03, 2021
I was extremely satisfied with my care under Dr. Shindel and everyone that worked in his office.
November 03, 2021
The staff within the GI Lab were very warm and professional. Prior to the procedure, both in admitting me into the unit, and while in the procedure room the staff were friendly and helpful, putting me at complete ease. Every person I met was caring and knowledgeable. Although I was not excited about the procedure the staff was wonderful.
November 02, 2021
As always the staff is very professional and friendly, I am very grateful to all of them.
November 01, 2021
Everytime I go it is an hour or more wait in waiting room. Then another hour sometimes in the room to see doctor.
November 01, 2021
One hour and fifteen minutes is too long of wait to see doctor.
October 29, 2021
Everybody was very helpful even when I requested have my colonoscopy without sedation. They were very understanding and, and helped me achieve that. Thank you.
October 28, 2021
All my PIH experiences are fantastic
October 28, 2021
Nurse and office staff were all super nice and made me feel less anxious before and after the medical procedure.
October 26, 2021
aLL THE STAFF ON THE DAY OF MY COLONOSCOPY WERE EXTREMEMY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. THEY COULDN'T HAVE BEEN ANT NCER! THANKS!
October 26, 2021
I had an appointment with Dr Shindelon Tuesday October 26, 2021. They told me to be at the office at 2:00 pm I got there earlier and was told that I would be seen at 3:15 pm. I asked why did you give me an appointment at 2:00 pm and see the Dr at 3:15 pm and they responded because I had to fill out forms because I had not been in the office for over a year. They already had my information because I see other PIH providers. Finally I was called at 2:30 pm. I had to leave my work early to be there on time. They gave me a computer to complete my information that it only took me 5 minutes to complete. In the future don't give an appointment and make me wait 1:15 hours, I was with Dr Shindel probably 7 minutes. Thank you Dr [PHI removed]
October 26, 2021
The staff is so efficient and kind. This is not an easy procedure but they make the experience a nice one
October 25, 2021
Not all of these questions apply to my procedure. My conversation with the doctor was very brief and then I was sedated the rest of the time.
October 25, 2021
As you would imagine I was very scared as i had no idea what a colonoscopy would entail. I want to thank a few people who really helped me through the process. I did not get the anesthesiologist name but that DUDE was the MAN! He walked me through the process and spoke to me to get my mind off things. Can't thank him enough. Also, [names removed] was my nurse that welcomed me back from the procedure. She was caring and kind. Everyone was so great so whoever was in the room with me i want to thank!!!
October 22, 2021
My doctor and everyone was very good. Thank you
October 21, 2021
The atmosphere was very calming. The nurses were helpful and calming. It was a great, nice calming survey (INAUDIBLE). Thank you.
October 21, 2021
VERY NICE PEOPLE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE VERY HELPFUL
October 21, 2021
The entire staff was absolutely amazing, I love PIH
October 20, 2021
Yes, I have problems with an employee at the front desk. She was wearing a black uniform. He was very rude to me and my wife. She had her name tag backwards, and she wouldn't give me her name. (INAUDIBLE), black hair, and like I said, she had a black uniform...the only one that wore a black uniform at the front desk. Very rude and sarcastic. Okay, besides that. I have a wonderful experience, the doctor, and the nurses they're beautiful. And they take...they took care of me. Bye.
October 20, 2021
Colonoscopy can be a stressful and unpleasant procedure. The PIH GI health staff were amazing from start to finish. They worked tirelessly and professionally to make the entire process as comfortable as possible. I am most impressed and grateful.
October 19, 2021
1) Don't understand why anesthesiologist are out of network which cost me out of pocket. 2) everyone was professional from the front desk sign in to all the nurses and the doctors. 3) It did take longer than expected to be taken inside. Over a hour in the waiting room. 4) when the procedure was completed and I was woken, I was surprised that my personal bag was open and my belongings on the bed. The nurse even said I don't know why. 5) sitting on the wheel chair waiting to be taken down for around 20 minutes watching others wheeled out. I got up and started walking before my original nurse said she'll take me down.
October 19, 2021
All is well. I think I made a mistake on one of the.... numbers in the beginning. I think the second question should be a 4. Thank you.
October 19, 2021
Dr Shindel is very patient and kind. He is very knowlegeable. I feel comfortable that I am getting great care.
October 19, 2021
My nurse, [name removed], was great!!!!!!!
October 18, 2021
Everyone, from the first phone call to the front desk and my nurses and doctor were great and I would like to Thank you all ???!!!
October 15, 2021
My experience with my colonoscopy went perfectly. I got a good report. everything was carefully, explain to me ahead of time and also at the time in the morning, just before the surgery, there was great consideration with the covid virus situation. To be very, very careful regarding the germ situation once I enter the building, everyone was highly informed as to what was going to be expected that I would expect and carefully explains. Very cautious. Everyone was very professional and it could not have been a better experience. So thanks be to Dr. Shindel and, and staff.
October 15, 2021
I didn't mean to press one for noon the last question. That was a most definitely number for and my entire experience from making the appointment to the time the minute. I left out the door service and your staff were excellent. I would absolutely recommend them.
October 14, 2021
My intake nurse at the GI SURGERY CTR WAS EXCELLENT!! Dr Shindel is thee BEST!!!
October 13, 2021
Dr. Shindel and the staff are very helpful. They are the explain everything very well. They demonstrate care and interest in all of their patients. So, highly recommend.
October 12, 2021
What would I say about my experience? Sore Butt! LOL!
October 12, 2021
The Doctor was personable and professional
October 11, 2021
The nurses were very nice and they treated me with utter respect. And put me at ease. The doctor was amazing. Thank you.
October 11, 2021
From the time I arrived, I was very pleased with the way I was treated. Everyone explained things very well. It made my visit much easier.
October 08, 2021
Dr. Shindel is great. My first response should have been a 4 but I accidentally entered a 2, he explained everything very thoroughly and I felt that he was very professional and I felt comfortable with him as the care provider.
October 08, 2021
Everybody was really great. Everything was done in such a timely and professional manner and it really felt like I was being well taken care of. I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into taking care of patients in a way that makes them feel comfortable and relaxed.
October 08, 2021
Great Care..!
October 08, 2021
I had a pleasant experience. Entire staff is professional, warm and care for patients and one another.
October 08, 2021
Despite being busy, the entire team treated me as if I was the only one in the office
October 06, 2021
I'm really impressed with the service. This is my first time to do the colonoscopy at PIH. The the staff were very friendly and I'm really happy. I will do that again over there in five years. Thank you.
October 05, 2021
Time ,I was scheduled for 2pm and was not seen in d room till about 3:30 PM, they scheduling of pt.is awfully, they should do a better job ,there was a lady in wheelchair that was scheduled at 2pm too same doctor and they arrange ride to pick them up at 3:30 ,they got inside d office at 3:30 ,I am sure their ride was canceled and I don't know how they got home ,they both don't drive anymore cause they r old
October 05, 2021
This procedure went very easily for me this time around. My Colonoscopy & Endoscopy 3 years ago scared me a little. I was much more relaxed this time around since all I needed was the colonoscopy. I want to Thank DR. Shindel and his staff for the excellent care I received.
October 04, 2021
This was my first time having this procedure and I have to say that it was a pleasant experience! Doctor and staff were very professional and courteous!
October 04, 2021
I arrived at 8:40 am as scheduled. My procedure time was supposed to be at 10:40 am. After my own 2 follow ups they called me in at 10:55 am to prepare me for the procedure.
October 01, 2021
Staff and provider were professional and friendly.
October 01, 2021
Yes, he made the visit very comfortable. The staff was awesome, and I recommended this to anyone. Thank you.
October 01, 2021
Glad it's done & pray for a favorable pathology report.
October 01, 2021
Staff are professional
October 01, 2021
Great experience love the staff
October 01, 2021
Excellent
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