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Dr. Geoffrey Kenneth Dube, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
622 W 168th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Geoffrey Dube specializes in adult nephrology and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Dube has indicated that his clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones. He is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Dube has an open panel. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems

Specializes in Urology
286 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Robert Valenzuela's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Valenzuela honors Aetna, EmblemHealth, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, Dr. Valenzuela attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center - Concourse Division, Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, and Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Valenzuela's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Varicocele, Urinary Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jai Radhakrishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Room 202
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jai Radhakrishnan is an adult nephrologist. Dr. Radhakrishnan (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Radhakrishnan include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Radhakrishnan obtained his medical school training at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and performed his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Radhakrishnan average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors; Best Morning Report Attending, Dept of Medicine.; and Ewig Clinical Education Award, Dept of Medicine.. Unfortunately, Dr. Radhakrishnan is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ojas Shah, MD
Specializes in Urology
161 Fort Washington Avenue, 11th Floor; Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ojas Shah specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Shah has a special interest in kidney stones. He honors Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shah completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Shah has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and One of America's Top Doctors. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Albanian. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with VA NY Harbor Health Care System - Manhattan Campus and ColumbiaDoctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems, Urinary Stones

Dr. Ellen Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
360 Essex Street; Suite 403
Hackensack, NJ
 

Dr. Ellen Shapiro's medical specialty is pediatric urology. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Shapiro's clinical interests include varicocele, neurogenic bladder, and vesicoureteral reflux. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, and NYU Langone. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Shapiro honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Shapiro is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Varicocele, Kidney Stones, Gallstones, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Hernia, Testicular Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rosemary Vittoria Sampogna, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
622 W 168th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Rosemary Sampogna specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Sampogna is especially interested in polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and diabetic nephropathy. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Sampogna is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Metabolism, Kidney Stones, Diabetic Nephropathy, Hypertension, Bone ... (Read more)

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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys, made up of minerals that are normally present in urine. They can vary in size, from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a nickel, occasionally even larger. Sometimes they lodge in the kidney, and sometimes they break free and make their way out through the urinary tract, which can be extremely painful.

Kidney stones can be smooth or jagged and are yellow to brown in color. They are mostly comprised of the minerals calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus. Examining the stones to see what they are made of can show what caused the stone to be formed in the first place. For example, a stone made of mostly calcium, which is the most common type, can happen any time the urine becomes too concentrated due to dehydration or a blockage in the kidney. A uric acid stone forms when acid levels in the urine get too high, usually due to excessive consumption of animal protein such as meat and fish. A struvite stone is a sign of certain infections, and a cystine stone can be due to a genetic disorder that raises the risk of kidney stones.

The most common symptom of kidney stones is pain, either in the back or lower abdomen, or severe pain when urinating. There may also be blood in the urine. Treatment for kidney stones depends on how large the stone is. Very small stones can pass out of the body on their own, and they do not require treatment other than drinking adequate water and taking pain killers. Larger stones need to be broken apart and removed. The main treatment options are:

  • Shock wave lithotripsy, which uses sound wave vibrations to break apart the stone
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or the use of a very tiny tool (like a wire inserted through the back) to break apart and remove the stone
  • Ureteroscopy, a thin tube inserted through the urethra and bladder to the stone, where tiny tools can grasp the stone and remove it

People who have had one kidney stone are at risk of developing another. To reduce this risk, patients are given instructions specific to the type of stone they developed. Generally the instructions will include drinking more water to dilute the urine, but it may also involve lowering sodium intake or eating less meat.

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