We found 10 urologists who accept Empire BlueCross BlueShield near Stamford, CT.
Dr. Paul Zelkovic is a medical specialist in pediatric urology. Dr. Zelkovic accepts Amerigroup, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of the University Hospitals, Cleveland's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, and Putnam Hospital Center. He welcomes new patients.
Clinical interests: Pediatric Laparoscopy, Pediatric Urology, Reconstructive Pediatric Urology
Dr. Lori Dyer works as a pediatric urologist. She is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center, Putnam Hospital Center, and Nyack Hospital. Dr. Dyer accepts Amerigroup, Anthem, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, she performed her residency at St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester and Westchester Medical Center. She speaks Spanish.
Clinical interests: Genitourinary Surgery, Laparoscopy, Pediatric Urology
Dr. Catherine Alonzo practices urology (urinary tract disease). She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include female urologic disorders, lithotripsy (stone fragmentation), and urinary stones. Dr. Alonzo is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Alonzo attended Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Westchester Medical Center and Nassau University Medical Center for residency. She is conversant in Spanish.
Clinical interests: Female Urology, Lithotripsy, Urinary Stones
Dr. Richard Santarosa specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Stamford, CT and New Haven, CT. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Santarosa takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Santarosa is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.
Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Brachytherapy, Female Incontinence, Female Urology, Impotence, Incontinence, Kidney ... (Read more)
Dr. Michael Nurzia's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Nurzia has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Nurzia attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.
Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Kidney Surgery, Laser Prostatectomy, Laser Treatment of Stones, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)
Dr. Jeffrey Ranta's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Ranta's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Lahey Clinic's residency program. Dr. Ranta (or staff) is conversant in Greek, Italian, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Ranta is accepting new patients.
Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, BPH - Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, Brachytherapy, Cancer, da Vinci Robotic Surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Nicholas Stroumbakis' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He speaks Greek. Dr. Stroumbakis is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing his residency at Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Stroumbakis attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stroumbakis is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Anthem, and Health Net. He welcomes new patients.
Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Bladder Cancer Surgery, BPH - Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, Cancer, Enlarged ... (Read more)
Dr. Israel Franco is a specialist in pediatric urology. He is professionally affiliated with Westchester Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, and Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Franco is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Westchester Medical Center.
Dr. William Brown's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brown attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.
Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, BPH - Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Female ... (Read more)
Dr. Ronnie Fine is a pediatric urologist. Dr. Fine is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), POMCO, and more. Dr. Fine studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Fine's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Fine (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Fine is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center, Yale New Haven Health System, and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Fine's practice is open to new patients.
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The specialty of urology focuses on the structures of the body that produce urine and remove it from the body, such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Since related structures in men are responsible for both reproduction and the transportation of urine, urologists specialize in men’s sexual health in addition to disorders of the urinary tract. Urologists treat both men and women, as well as patients ranging in age from newborn to elderly.
Certain urologic conditions are specific to male or female patients. Women are especially prone to stress incontinence, recurrent urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis (a condition causing pain in the bladder), and urethral diverticuli (a structural issue where a small pouch develops from the urethra into the vagina). Some of these conditions may be adequately treated by a gynecologist, but patients may prefer to see a urologist because of their expertise in the urinary tract system. As for men, male infertility and sexual problems can be treated by a urologist. For example, urologists treat erectile dysfunction with medications or prosthetics. They may also perform surgeries such as vasectomies or vasectomy reversals.
Some other conditions that urologists treat include:
- Kidney stones, which are mineral deposits that can form anywhere in the urinary tract. The stones can be quite painful, and some large stones may be impossible to expel naturally. Fortunately, kidney stone treatments have advanced quite a bit in recent years, and a urologist may recommend a procedure such as shockwave lithotripsy (where sound waves are used to break down the stones), or percutaneous extraction (where telescopic tools are inserted through tiny incisions in the back to remove the stones). There can be some pain associated with these treatments, but they are far less invasive than the older methods of removal.
- Urinary tract infections, which are extremely common. However, if they happen over and over again, there may be an underlying problem within the urinary tract.
- Congenital abnormalities, which refers to problems that are present at birth. Congenital abnormalities affect the genitourinary tract more often than any other system of the body, and they range from mild to severe in appearance and effect. The most common abnormality (in male infants) is cryptorchidism, where a testicle does not descend from the body down into the scrotum. Another common problem is hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra appears on the underside of the penis.
- Renal disease, which is the loss of kidney function. For patients with renal disease, their urologist may be their primary surgeon or a coordinating member of their care team.
- Tumors and malignancies, which are especially common in the case of prostate cancer. Urologists are most often consultants to oncologists in these cases.
The American Urological Association recognizes seven subspecialties of urology:
- Pediatric Urology, the treatment of genitourinary tract disorders in children and infants
- Urologic Oncology, the treatment of cancers within the genitourinary tract
- Renal Transplantation, the treatment of severe kidney disease by replacing a non-functioning kidney with a donor kidney
- Male Infertility, the treatment of infertility due to problems with sperm, semen, or male sexuality
- Calculi, the treatment of kidney stones
- Female Urology, the care of women’s urinary health
- Neurourology, the treatment of urinary disorders caused by problems with the nervous system. For example, certain voiding disorders happen when the bladder does not receive signals appropriately, and erectile dysfunction is sometimes due to nerve loss.
Urinary and sexual problems can be especially distressing for many people. Fortunately, urologists are experts at managing these health conditions.