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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
910 Sleepy Hollow Road
Richmond, MA
 

Dr. Ira Schmelkin is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Schmelkin completed his residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Top Doctors In New York Metro Area; Top Doctors In New York; and Top 10 Gastroenterologists. Dr. Schmelkin is conversant in Russian. Dr. Schmelkin is affiliated with Baystate Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Rangan Murali works as a gastroenterologist in Pittsfield, MA. He is a graduate of Coimbatore Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Murali completed a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. AARP, Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Murali honors. His distinctions include: Clinical Skills & Scholarship; Teaching Attending of The Year Teaching Attending of The Tear Teaching Attending of The Year; and Humanitarian Award. Dr. Murali (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Murali is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
261 South Street
Pittsfield, MA
 

Dr. Veronica Deyeso's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Deyeso takes several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid. She studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Deyeso include: Teaching Award, Berkshire Medical Center, Umass and Medical School. She is conversant in Spanish. 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 in Pittsfield, MA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dunzendorfer graduated from Goethe University Frankfurt. Dr. Dunzendorfer trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. His distinctions include: *Additional Specialty: Internal Medicine* **Board Certified in Internal Medicine** ACG; Fellow Award; and Center. He speaks German. He welcomes new patients.

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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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