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We found 12 gastroenterologists who accept First Health near Eatontown, NJ.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1907 Highway 35; Suite 1
Oakhurst, NJ
 

Dr. Penny Turtel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Oakhurst, NJ. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Turtel honors. She obtained her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1912 Route 35 South; Second Floor
Oakhurst, NJ
 

Dr. Laleh Merikhi's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Merikhi is professionally affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry. Before completing her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Merikhi attended medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Islamic Azad University of Medical Sciences.

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Dr. Reza Yasin Akhtar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1907 Highway 35; Suite 35
Oakhurst, NJ
 

Dr. Reza Akhtar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Akhtar completed his residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center.

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Dr. Thomas C Fiest, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
142 Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ
 

Dr. Thomas Fiest is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fiest honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Monmouth Medical Center. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center.

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Dr. Jonathan Evan Teitelbaum, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
279 Third Avenue; Suite 101
Long Branch, NJ
 

Dr. Jonathan Teitelbaum is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Long Branch, NJ and Toms River, NJ. Dr. Teitelbaum's hospital/clinic affiliations include Monmouth Medical Center and Barnabas Health Medical Group. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Teitelbaum is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux, Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Abdominal Pain

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1907 Highway 35, Suite 1; Shore Gastroenterology Associates
Oakhurst, NJ
 

Dr. Mitchell Schwartz is an adult gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency.

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Dr. Rajiv Uppal, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
142 Route 35
Eatontown, NJ
 

Dr. Rajiv Uppal's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at New York Methodist Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Uppal attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore. On average, patients gave Dr. Uppal a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Coventry, and more. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center.

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Dr. Steven Alan Gorcey, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
142 Route 35 S
Eatontown, NJ
 

Dr. Steven Gorcey is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Gorcey highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Gorcey's medical residency was performed at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
142 State Route 35 S
Eatontown, NJ
 

Dr. Kenneth Belitsis' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Belitsis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center.

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Dr. Shamina Dhillon, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1907 Highway 35; Suite 1
Oakhurst, NJ
 

Dr. Shamina Dhillon's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dhillon honors. She graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She is professionally affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
142 State Route 35 S
Eatontown, NJ
 

Dr. Nadeem Baig is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Baig is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Dr. Tina Susanne Rakitt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
279 Third Avenue; Suite 101
Long Branch, NJ
 

Dr. Tina Rakitt's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Rakitt is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's residency program. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rakitt honors. Her professional affiliations include Monmouth Medical Center and Barnabas Health Medical Group.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

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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.