Songul Atay, MD


Dr. Songul Atay received her undergraduate education and medical degree from the Ege University School of Medicine. She then received her M.S. in Physiology and Molecular & Cell Biology at MIU, Fairfield, IA. After receiving her MS and MD degrees, she completed her internal medicine residency training at Brown University, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI.  She then went on to complete a gastroenterology fellowship at University of California, Irvine, CA.  

Prior to starting her medical training, Dr. Atay was the Director and Research Coordinator at the Human Performance Laboratory at MIU, University of Fairfield, Iowa. She was responsible for coordinating research in physiology, administering cardiopulmonary stress testing, EKG, treadmill testing, assessment of body composition and fitness evaluation.

During her Graduate Research assistantship at Molecular Biology Laboratory and Laboratory for Health and Aging Studies, her research focused on several advanced topics including mechanism of P-450 gene regulation and its expression in cancer pathology, funded by the National Institute of Health. She also studied HIV transcription regulation and performed preliminary research on its similarity to P-450 regulation. Dr. Atay’s many accomplishments during her assistantship also included initiating a research project on the physiology of aging and co-directed a pilot study that enabled the department to receive a grant to complete the study.

Dr. Atay is dedicated to providing comprehensive health care and high quality treatment for each and every individual patient. Dr. Atay has extensive experience in the field of gastroenterology, treating patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux, peptic ulcers, celiac disease, pancreatic and biliary disorders, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and more.

Dr Atay has had great interest in holistic medicine throughout her education and career. She has taken a number of courses on Ayurvedic medicine, pulse diagnosis, homeopathy, acupunture & acupressure, energy medicine, fitotherapy, aroma & flower therapy and holds several certificates on complementary medicine to widen her spectrum in helping her patients.

In her spare time, Dr Atay enjoys international traveling, cultural activities, meditation, yoga, playing the piano, outdoor activities, exercising and reading. She has one son, whose education as a whole person is her top priority. She speaks several languages and loves to learn about the cultures of the world.

Board Certifications
American Board of Gastroenterology
American Board of Internal Medicine

Medical Education
Ege University, School of Medicine (Izmir, Turkey), MD
Maharishi International University (MIU), MS

Brown University, Roger Williams Medical Center, Internal Medicine

Fellowship Training
University of California, Irvine, Gastroenterology

Office Locations
Los AlamitosT: (562) 430-4449 | 3851 Katella Ave., Ste., 205, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

AGA | American Gastroenterological Association
ASGE | American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
ACG | American College of Gastroenterology
LACMA | Los Angeles County Medical Association
AMWA | American Medical Women’s Association
OCGS (President 2005) | Orange County Gastroenterology Society

Cao S, Atay S: Role of Power Doppler Study in post-transplant patients. Transplant Odyssey 2001 Oral Presentation, Istanbul, Turkey.

Pai R, Atay S: Prostaglandins activate VEGF expression in RGMEC via cross activation of ERK2/JNK Kinase.   Implication for gastric angiogenesis. AGA 2001 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 2001; 2563.

Atay S, Katz K: Screening for colon neoplasia. UCI Department of Medicine 2001 Research Conference Oral Presentation.

Atay S, Tarnawski A: Eicosanoids and the stomach.  Role of prostaglandins in gastric mucosa. Prostaglandins and other Lipid Mediators 61 (2000) 105-124.

Atay S, Pai R, Szabo I, Tarnawski A: Prostaglandin E2 and prostacyclin activate VEGF gene in gastric endothelial cells.  Mediation via extracellular signal regulated kinase.     AGA 2000 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 2000; 118.

Katz K, Atay S, Kidao J: Distal colonic polyps and proximal neoplasia. AGA 2000 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 2000; 118.

Katz K, Atay S, Kidao J: The effect of age on quality of bowel preparation for screening flexible sigmoidoscopy. AGA 2000 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 2000; 118.

Katz K, Atay S, Kidao J: Distal colonic polyps as a predictor of proximal neoplasia.    AGA 1999 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 116; A434: G1906, 1999.

Atay S, Rich H: Esophageal adenocarcinoma. ACG 1996 Poster  Presentation.

Atay S, Rich H: Surveillance of Barrett’s esophagus. ACP 1996 RI Meeting Oral Presentation (highest score in the state).

Atay S, Epstein A: Portal vein thrombosis and hypercoagulability. ACP 1996 RI  Meeting Poster Presentation.

Rich H, Atay S: Surveillance of Barrett’s esophagus. Brown University Research Week 1996 Poster Presentation with honorable mention.

Rich H, Atay S: Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Providence VA Research Week 1996 Poster Presentation.

Atay S, Calderon R: Yucatan Youth Fitness Project; an attempt to make a difference. IAHPERD, Spring 1994, 27:2, 11-14.

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