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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
910 Sleepy Hollow Road
Richmond, MA
 

Dr. Ira Schmelkin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schmelkin is affiliated with Baystate Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Schmelkin attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. Dr. Schmelkin has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Top Doctors In New York Metro Area; Top Doctors In New York; and Top 10 Gastroenterologists. In addition to English, he speaks Russian.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
777 North Street; Suite 203
Pittsfield, MA
 

Dr. Rangan Murali's specialty is adult gastroenterology. AARP, Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Murali accepts. He studied medicine at Coimbatore Medical College. He trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for his residency. Dr. Murali has received distinctions including Clinical Skills & Scholarship; Teaching Attending of The Year Teaching Attending of The Tear Teaching Attending of The Year; and Humanitarian Award. In addition to English, Dr. Murali (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
261 South Street
Pittsfield, MA
 

Dr. Veronica Deyeso's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She speaks Spanish. She graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Deyeso accepts Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Teaching Award, Berkshire Medical Center, Umass and Medical School. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
24 Charles Street
Pittsfield, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Dunzendorfer is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is conversant in German. Dr. Dunzendorfer studied medicine at Goethe University Frankfurt. For his professional training, Dr. Dunzendorfer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Dunzendorfer average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: *Additional Specialty: Internal Medicine* **Board Certified in Internal Medicine** ACG; Fellow Award; and Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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