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We found 7 gastroenterologists who accept HealthSmart near Bay Shore, NY.

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Dr. Jeffrey Roy Ashkin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Ashkin practices adult gastroenterology in Bay Shore, NY. Dr. Ashkin's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Ashkin graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Ashkin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Dr. Paul Howard Broomfield, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Paul Broomfield works as an adult gastroenterologist. He studied medicine at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Broomfield takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Broomfield is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Aaron Richard Harrison, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Aaron Harrison is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Bay Shore, NY. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harrison honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Harrison attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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Dr. Robert Thomas Chatalbash, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Robert Chatalbash is a gastroenterologist. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Chatalbash highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Chatalbash (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Frank Joseph Karpowicz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Frank Karpowicz is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Bay Shore, NY. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Karpowicz is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Karpowicz is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Mary Meena Thomas, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Mary Thomas sees patients in Bay Shore, NY. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Thomas graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. She honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Edna Khodadadian, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1175 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Edna Khodadadian practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khodadadian is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. She 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.