Neal Shindel MD
Neal M. Shindel

Neal M. Shindel MD

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Gastroenterology
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4.7 / 5 (based on 890 Reviews) View 254 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.

Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Whittier Hospital

PIH Health Physicians

Profile

Gender

Male

Specialties

Gastroenterology

Languages

  • Spanish

Education

Residency

Temple University Hospital (Pennsylvania)

Fellowship

Veterans Affairs Medical Center-West Los Angeles (California)

Internship

Temple University Hospital (Pennsylvania)

Medical Education

SUNY State University of New York-Syracuse College of Medicine

Board Certifications

Gastroenterology (Sub-Spec Cert)

Internal Medicine (General Cert)

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Patient Reviews

April 27, 2021
It was great.
April 23, 2021
The service was outstanding from beginning to end, the care was probably the best I've ever had. The people are very kind courteous and understanding and I felt 100% confident of the procedure that I was going to be participating in. So I have nothing but great things to say from the receptionist, to the nurses, to the doctor's to the people that the people that helped me outside. It was just exemplary in every way possible.
April 22, 2021
felt safe in their hands.
April 22, 2021
When I was coming out of the antithesia (sp) I felt rushed to get dressed. The attendant threw my hoodie (jacket) in with the linen.
April 21, 2021
I'm a little disappointed with the service because I was unable to speak with the doctor or ask any questions and after my procedure, I was handed my results by a nurse and it stated that everything was okay except at the end of the esophagus, I had a small gap that seems to be very common. The procedure was going to expand my esophagus and this would solve my problem, but it hasn't. Now I feel as if though I need to schedule another appointment to resolve the situation and receive answers to the questions I've had since the day I went in. Thank you.
April 21, 2021
A very efficient and friendly staff, nurses, and doctors. I just wish there was something better tasting than the Colonoscopy prep drink. "Gag me with a spoon!"
April 20, 2021
Great Doctor, Great Staff and very comfortable office. Dr. Shindel seems like a great doctor. He spent a lot of time with me and took a lot of time to explain himself. Unfortunately, he focused so much on what he wanted to say, that it was definitely a one sided "conversation". I wasn't able to get in a word until the end when he finally stopped talking and asked me if I had any questions. I felt like I was in a college class. I learned a lot, but it was not interactive.
April 19, 2021
My personal experience was fine, however, having been in waiting are for one hour, I was SHOCKED how many people came in to clarify colonoscopy procedures. Staff was abrupt, and generally not helpful. In teaching profession, if there are 3 questions during debriefing, IT IS TIME TO RETEACH!! Maybe review sheet with 3-5 main points re: prep, definition of clear liquids, time factor examples...if your colonoscopy is at such & such, you need to eat clear liquids at -, etc., etc., etc. I saw a total of 6 confused people in one hour! Yikes! Good luck!
April 07, 2021
Hi. I got the instructions for the colonoscopies way back when and then unfortunately, they disappeared and so I asked for a new set and they were sent over right away. So, it only took a couple of mail days to get them and I was very happy to get all questions answered in a very timely manner. The staff and doctor at the office was very cooperative and very kind. So I would definitely recommend Dr. Shindel to someone else for the same procedure.
April 06, 2021
i am so happy and thank for team.
April 05, 2021
Arrived on time, but was in waiting room over an hour waiting to get into exam room. I am happy my time with dr was not rushed. This is a good example of why paid parking was not a good decision by PIH.
April 05, 2021
I requested to the nurse who was inserting the I.V that the site "she" chose was not a comfortable site for me and I did agree with her choice. After voicing my concern and not being in agreement with her, she attempted (several times) to insert the I.V anyway. When she attempted the first time I alerted her it was painful, she then instructed me to "breathe". After several unsuccessful attempts of inserting the I.V, and my requests for her to stop, she finally stopped and choose a more comfortable site which I initially requested of her. I feel that my request was ignored and I was not heard the first time nor the second time. Perhaps better beside manners and more compassion would have helped.
April 02, 2021
Nurses were very professional.
April 02, 2021
I felt comfortable the whole time
April 01, 2021
I have seen Dr. Shindel for many years and he continues to be an asset to his profession.
April 01, 2021
I was very impressed by the information that the doctor gave me and even though I've been studying some of this about the digestion he still provided more information than I had or provided it in a way that hit home with me and just very happy that I went.
March 31, 2021
Getting a colonoscopy is probably not at the top 10 list for anybody. However, the entire process from scheduling and getting information about what I need to do for prep was very thorough and everybody was very informed and I felt like it was the best possible experience.
March 31, 2021
After the procedure no potable water or orange juice was provided and it seemed that during the procedure the air or oxygen was not functional since I must have been breathing from my mouth The doctor service is excellent and I have been under his care for over twenty years
March 29, 2021
The staff, doctor, the nurses everyone they were all excellent. I love Dr. Shindel. He is great. He really comforted me. The anesthesiologist everyone in the room was very kind and helpful.
March 29, 2021
Everyone was courteous and professional. It was an uncomfortable experience for me but they made it barrable. Wonderful staff.
March 24, 2021
Evr everyone was very cordial very nice very kind and very professional thank you everyone was very kind and very professional very very gentle everything was great ??
March 23, 2021
The nurses were very efficient, but still friendly and kind. They make getting through the procedure much less of a challenge.
March 23, 2021
Rude reception, upset cause I refused to allow my ethnicity to be on paper and said I had to accept and initial that it was ok for me to allow students to be present on my procedure regardless if there were students there that day or not. My privacy is a priority to me, don't train your workers to demand we give up that right for PIH benefit.
March 22, 2021
Since I been there three times over the last 13 years and all went well all of the time I am very comfortable going here again if need be.
March 18, 2021
Organized ,and job taking patient care is excellent
March 18, 2021
All the staff members were good listeners and kind to me. Thank you!
March 17, 2021
Wonderful staff!!
March 17, 2021
Everyone was polite and professional. They made sure in every phone call prior to my procedure that I understood everything. Very competent. The day of my procedure everyone was top notch. Thank you PIH!
March 16, 2021
Had a good bedside manner,explained and answered my questions. Thank you
March 15, 2021
My experience with PIH and DR SHINDEL was very nice, everybody was very courteous kind and pleasant the nurses we're helpful kind and understanding I would recommend this surgery center .THANK YOU ??
March 12, 2021
Nursing Staff and Dr were Excellent in every way
March 11, 2021
He was very patient explained everything to me answered all my questions. Very kind. Made you feel like family
March 11, 2021
A lot of respect and a lot of attention, thanks.
March 11, 2021
Takes time to explain e everything
March 10, 2021
I would like to commend the entire PIH from those who who checked me in to those who checked me out. The nursing staff and Dr. Shindel were outstanding as they provided professional medical care.
March 10, 2021
Had 11:20 appointment didn't get into procedure room till 12 noon.
March 10, 2021
All personnel were respectful and responsive to my needs.
March 09, 2021
Everyone was very solicitous, explained things clearly and patiently, and willingly answered all my questions.
March 08, 2021
Got in to see the doctor fairly quickly after I had arrived.Schedule my procedure in a very timely manner
March 08, 2021
Excellent care from all of the staff. I felt very comfortable and relaxed. Thanks to the group of nurses.
March 08, 2021
It's as pleasant as a colonoscopy can be. I really appreciated Dr. Shindel's answers to some questions I had before the procedure. He was very thoughtful and clear in his explanations.
March 08, 2021
Friendly. I felt confident in him
March 08, 2021
very attentive staff
March 08, 2021
Everyone from reception, nursing staff and the doctor were very professional and caring.
March 08, 2021
The staff was great.
March 05, 2021
IT WAS AWESOME
March 05, 2021
Very smooth!!
March 04, 2021
Professionalism represented throughout .....
March 04, 2021
I felt very taken care of from the front office to the nurse after the procedure. Dr Shindel talked to me and went over my prior procedure. Good experience.??
March 03, 2021
The doctor was very informative, very professional. And I, so was the anesthesiologist. So I felt very comfortable after the procedure.
March 02, 2021
EVERY ONE WAS GREAT EXCEPT DRINKING SO MUCH LIQUIDS !!!!
March 01, 2021
Things went well. I appreciate all the care I received and have no complaints.
March 01, 2021
All staff were courteous & kind
February 26, 2021
They were all great nurses and doctor. Thank you for taking care of me.
February 26, 2021
Positive , professional, and caring from reception to discharge.
February 26, 2021
Entire staff was friendly and very caring.
February 26, 2021
Everyone was so professional and nice and showed concern for my needs.
February 26, 2021
It was a pleasant and professional experience.thank you
February 25, 2021
He was very thorough and explained everything so I could understand it
February 25, 2021
Dr was great but I was there 3 hours
February 24, 2021
Very considerate service and treatment.
February 24, 2021
Staff is very respectful and exceptionally caring.
February 23, 2021
Everyone was extremely friendly, kind, and often went the extra mile. There could be a little better scheduling so there isn't so much wait time but acceptable.
February 19, 2021
The entire staff was extremely friendly and made me feel comfortable. I will definitely recommend this office to anyone having this procedure.
February 19, 2021
Very happy with my visit, great team of great people! Thanks
February 19, 2021
Great customer service ?? Everyone was nice and I was able to communicate and felt heard. Everything was explained to me and questions I had were answered. It eased my anxious stressful feeling of being there. Especially during these stressful times with all the precautions we all have to take. Thank all for your kindness
February 19, 2021
OUTSTANDING!!! All the way around from a thin blue liner!!!!!
February 18, 2021
The staff was great, from the front office to the very kind lady that discharged me. Thank you to all.
February 18, 2021
great job,great medical experience every single staff member.
February 18, 2021
Great doctor
February 17, 2021
I had a great experience I was happy with Doctor and stuff
February 16, 2021
Dr. Neal Shindel is an excellent doctor. I went in there with my list of questions after I had two procedures done with him. He was just so patient with me explained everything in detail of what I need to do to get my symptoms gone or help them out. He's just a very good listener and explains everything until you understand and he did does not rush you which is awesome.
February 16, 2021
My experience was very good. The staff was gracious. Helpful as can be and I have great admiration for Dr. Shindel. I ... I think he is just the best. Thank you.
February 16, 2021
Everyone was friendly and professional. Dr. Shindel is the best.
February 12, 2021
He is one of the top 3 doctors I have ever seen and I've probably seen about 20 doctors in my lifetime.
February 12, 2021
I don't ever want to go anywhere else for procedures.
February 12, 2021
Everyone was very friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend.
February 11, 2021
The staff of nurses that attended me were exceptional with the care I was given. They were very compassionate and caring and made sure I was very comfortable during the process of my time there ??????
February 10, 2021
He has done this procedure on me before and I'm pleased with his service!
February 10, 2021
Keep up the good work. Just wish there would be an easier way to get ready for the procedure! Drinking all that stuff is not for sissies ??
February 09, 2021
The check in gentlemen on the 4th floor is condescending and rude. I was having a procedure, prior to me checking in, told my husband to leave not paying attention that I haven't provided drivers license and insurance cards yet repeatedly told my husband to wait outside. I sent him with my wallet and didn't have ID or insurance cards. He just was rude in the way in which he spoke to us. Had this issue with him before. Not kind to others either and acts like the patients are stupid. I heard him talking so disrespectfully to an elderly man. Not kind. I may not return because of him. People are already nervous going to have a procedure, don't need this lack of kindness in addition to the nervousness. People checking in should be kind.
February 09, 2021
It was an ok experience for a colonoscopy.
February 09, 2021
From beginning to the end. The process went very smoothly
February 08, 2021
It would be great if the Dr would follow up at recovery to answer questions.
February 08, 2021
Very professional, very efficient
February 01, 2021
All was great
January 25, 2021
I trust the doctor and feel very comfortable, but I always need to wait quite a while past my appointment time. That is my only complaint.
January 14, 2021
I think Dr. Shindel is one of the best gastroenterologist I've ever met and I've been to a few. He really takes the time to listen. He's caring and I really think he's provides good feedback wisdom and he's an excellent doctor.
January 14, 2021
I totally trust Dr. Shindel, he and his staff are very positive. Dr. Shindel is very experienced and has helped me many times. And I put my life in his hands.
December 29, 2020
Dr. Neal Shindel is one of the best Gastroenterology physicians in the P.I.H. network. He has surely prevented thousands of his patients from developing stomach and colon cancers throughout his years of practice. Dr. Shindel, thank you for your service!
December 28, 2020
Very knowledgeable and kind to his patients
December 22, 2020
Dr.Shindel really listening to my every word, of my systems and what procedure we'll start with. Very understanding
December 21, 2020
Dr. Shindel was extremely thorough in explaining my condition and what I was going through. He also took the time and explained the medication that was prescribed and how it responded with the other medication I was taking. Very helpful.
December 21, 2020
Pleasant physician and support staff. Efficient yet unhurried. Made me feel at ease throughout the whole process. Attentive to any question or need.
December 15, 2020
Excellent!
December 14, 2020
Yes
December 11, 2020
Provider took time to explain procedure did not seem rushed
December 11, 2020
There is no reason to postpone your colonoscopy. It takes a little time to prep butt it also gives you some more time to read that book you've been wanting to complete. What typo?
December 10, 2020
Was very happy and very easy process
December 10, 2020
I love Dr. Shindel. He knows my health history and is very thorough in listening to my concerns and treating me. He has great bedside manners and I continue you be here of his knowledge of medicine!
December 10, 2020
The dr and staff at PIH are second to none !
December 10, 2020
Excellent service and outcome. Very professional and made me feel like a valued customer
December 09, 2020
yes
December 08, 2020
Was friendly and happy to help
December 07, 2020
Doctor was good, nurse was not. Wait time is too long in the office and it's hard to get a timely appointment. But doctor spends a lot of time with each patient and is very caring. It's ridiculous that we have to pay to park at a doctor appointment. PIH should be ashamed at how greedy they are. Especially when you see what they charge for services!
December 03, 2020
He was funny and friendly
December 02, 2020
The staff was so nice and made me feel comfortable throughout the process. I felt more at ease and not as intimidated.
December 01, 2020
We have been recomending your hospital ever since, Thanks P.I.H.
December 01, 2020
Great service from reception, pre-procedure to post procedure.
November 30, 2020
Staff is friendly and they try to make you as comfortable as they possibly can.
November 30, 2020
Everyone was professional and friendly.
November 30, 2020
He listened to my concerns
November 24, 2020
This is the medical facility you want to be at during a medical crisis!
November 23, 2020
The PIH family took good care of me while I was in there care. Thank you
November 20, 2020
I would recommend Dr Shindel and his staff to friends & family!
November 20, 2020
Great doctor
November 19, 2020
I have complete confidence in Dr. Neil Shindel. I believe he is carefully monitoring the health of my colon and requiring me to return for follow ups to avoid future problems.
November 18, 2020
The provider made me feel comfortable and relaxed.
November 18, 2020
Awesome staff and facility. The nurses are great.
November 17, 2020
He held himself professionally.
November 16, 2020
As mentioned previously, it would help to give the patient a rundown of process from length of time of colonoscopy, what to expect after and exit process way before the procedure so patients who need to make pre-colonoscopy arrangements can plan accordingly. Otherwise, everything went smoothly.
November 13, 2020
Dr. Shindel and nurses made me feel relaxed and informed during my visit. I was very nervous about my procedure and the team was very caring and sympathetic.Thank you PIH.
November 11, 2020
My family and friends all go to Dr. Shindel. He has the best eye for finding anything.
November 10, 2020
Experienced, professional, thorough, Compassionate and engaged. Prompt
November 09, 2020
Good Dr and staff.
November 09, 2020
The procedure was fast and easy.
November 06, 2020
Everything was handled very professionally during my visit. I highly recommend Dr Shindel and the staff at PIH health.
November 04, 2020
Did a Great job
November 02, 2020
Very nice and professional.
November 02, 2020
A very Good Doctor which does a great job.
October 30, 2020
I would tell them that for the most part my experience was great
October 30, 2020
Everything went according to plan , very clean facilities, Dr S came in and went over procedure .
October 29, 2020
I highly recommend Dr. Neal Shindel for my patients as well as for my personal digestive care. He is meticulous and highly skilled at his craft.
October 26, 2020
I would recommend
October 26, 2020
He is a great doctor.
October 26, 2020
I'm very satisfied
October 26, 2020
Everyone in the work force has different insurance provider make sure that PIH health is the hospital you can used as they have excellent service.
October 23, 2020
Very professional and excellent in what he is doing.
October 22, 2020
The staff is great and tend to your needs
October 21, 2020
I met briefly with the provider and he explained the risks of the procedure. He was very nice. The nurses were wonderful, they explained everything very well and they were gentle and caring. I would recommend this clinic and provider to anyone.
October 15, 2020
PIH is the place to go!
October 15, 2020
Top notch, first class, caring service.
October 14, 2020
A nesscary service provided exceptionally well.
October 12, 2020
Dr. Shindel made me feel that he had my best interest at hand. Very thorough in answering the questions that I had.
October 12, 2020
Very nice, very kind, expertise not in question at all, but make sure you discuss all the particulars in advance. They waited until I had already been through the torture of bowel prep to explain that the procedure was covered fully only if nothing at all was found. The minute a polyp is removed, (which is supposed to be the point of the adventure in the first place), it's suddenly going to cost you, but you'll be sedated when that comes up, so you can't give consent. And they have no idea what you'll be charged, because they have nothing at all to do with the insurance company, except you know, nudge nudge, wink wink, as the conduit to get business. It's an absolute outrage.
October 09, 2020
I would definitely recommend Dr. N. Shindel to "everyone"!He's so caring, patient and a great doc! A million thanks to him??
October 09, 2020
That it was a pleasant stay all faculty was excellent!
October 09, 2020
I would say that whether they needed a colonoscopy or another reason to schedule for another issue, they should check out Dr. Shindel and his office.
October 09, 2020
From the time I entered the office until I was discharged, everyone was very courteous and helpful. The provider put me at ease and listened to me before the procedure.
October 08, 2020
He delivers excellent service, is personal and exhibits good bedside manners.
October 05, 2020
We'll trained staff.
October 02, 2020
Great no problems
October 01, 2020
Dr. Shindel is also treating my husband. He is the most prominent GI doctor in Whittier in my opinion!
October 01, 2020
Good doctor
September 30, 2020
Dr Shindel explained the procedure before he began. I appreciated him taking the time to do this since I had never met him previously.
September 25, 2020
I have no issues with anything or any of the staff I had contact with. Everyone from the initial intake person at the front desk to Dr Shindel were extremely friendly and professional.
September 23, 2020
I definitely recommend PIH here they really care and staff are pleasant knowledgeable easy to work with I had a wonderful experience
September 23, 2020
Excellent overall service.
September 23, 2020
No procedure is fun, but it you have to have one, the best place on this planet would be a PIH Digestive Health Services. Everyone in the office, and all the nurses, assistants and doctors make you feel like you are the only patient. They truly are looking out for my health and well being.
September 22, 2020
The service seems good but the wait time is very long.
September 21, 2020
That Dr. Shindel is one of the doctors that they must go to. He has great bedside manners and is a true professional.
September 21, 2020
A very good doctor
September 17, 2020
The procedure was much better than I thought it would be.
September 17, 2020
The doctor and the staff and exceptional job. It was my first time in my experience with great.
September 17, 2020
A VERY GOOD PROVIDER CONCERNING THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE, GO SEE FOR YOURSELF... THIS PROVIDER ORGANIZATION IS A REFLECTION OF DR. SHINDEL METHOD OF OPERATION, A VERY PROFESSIONAL STANDARD, AN A+ OFFICE AND A A+ HEALTH CARE DOCTOR... THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
September 16, 2020
The entire staff at PIH was respectful, welcoming, comforting, attentive and knowledgeable. Thank you.
September 15, 2020
As uncomfortable as preparing for this procedure is, the products provided and instructions given to me were clear and complete. The experience in the medical room went comfortably with the nurses helping me before and after the procedure. The doctor and anesthetist set me at ease and it was over.
September 15, 2020
I would suggest this provider
September 14, 2020
I have really appreciate Dr. Shindel, he really listens and cares for his patients.
September 14, 2020
He appeared to be confident which eased my insecurities
September 11, 2020
The entire staff was wonderful and comforting. My procedure was handled with the utmost professionalism by everyone involved.
September 10, 2020
Very professional doctor, I felt he had my best interest for my health problems.
September 10, 2020
you are only going to meet him briefl right before procedure.
September 08, 2020
That I trust the provider.
September 03, 2020
He's a very good Dr
September 02, 2020
The staff was caring, made me feel comfortable and relaxed.
August 31, 2020
Was a very easy process
August 31, 2020
The whole team gave quality care and service.
August 27, 2020
I was given complete attention and excellent care, thank you.
August 27, 2020
Dr. Shindel is very knowledgeable in his field and does his homework on the patient. He's also very personable, friendly and didn't seem to be in a hurry.
August 26, 2020
A very efficient team everyone work well together all staff's courteous and nice
August 25, 2020
Dr. Shindel seems to really value talking with his patients and explaining things in detail and with visual aids. I have been one of Dr. Shindel's patients for several years, and I can truly say that he is an excellent doctor. His staff was courteous and helpful as well.
August 21, 2020
Special thanks to the staff that made me feel comfortable every step of the process.
August 20, 2020
Importance of regular GI checks
August 18, 2020
Courteous and informative
August 18, 2020
Doctor Shindel, anesthesiologist and staff were professional and provided the medical I required.
August 17, 2020
Doctor Shindel and his staff are knowledgeable and very professional. He listens to what you have to say and provides responses that are easily understood. I have in the past and will continue to recommend him to my friends and family!
August 14, 2020
He was very caring and understanding
August 14, 2020
Dr Shindel and staff were very nice the whole office environment felt peaceful and stress free.
August 14, 2020
Very kind and attentive staff. Gentle and humble. You all were great!
August 14, 2020
Good attitude from all employees
August 10, 2020
Don't go to him!
August 10, 2020
He was very informative and knew my history. I appreciate the time he spent with me.
August 07, 2020
PIH is a very good medical facility that I would recommend to anyone seeking a good Dr. for their checkups and health needs.
August 07, 2020
Very professional and very friendly staff. Treated me with respect and care.
August 06, 2020
Everything was clear and professional
August 06, 2020
Dr. Shindel is excellent at what he does, but you will only see him briefly. Most care is deferred to the PA, which is fine, but it is nice to see the physician on occasion. Dr. Shindel is very straightforward and does not spend extra time with patients.
August 06, 2020
Professional and friendly staff. Ease of parking.
August 06, 2020
The nursing staff was excellent!
August 06, 2020
I enjoy the friendly staff at the GI outpatient center - nurses all friendly, calm, cool and collected.
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