We found 10 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Shield PPO near New York, NY.

Dr. Ira Steven Meisels, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
425 West 59th Street; 8a
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ira Meisels practices adult nephrology in New York, NY. Dr. Meisels's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Meisels is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Meisels's training includes a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Meisels honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Steven Jeffrey Gruber, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
10 Union Square East; Beth Israel Medical Centerbaird Hallnephrology Division
New York, NY
 

Dr. Steven Gruber is an adult nephrologist in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gruber honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Before completing his residency at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Dr. Gruber attended medical school at Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors and New York Super Doctors New York Super Doctors. Dr. Gruber (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Yiddish. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Joseph Alfred Vassalotti, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5 East 98th Street, Box 1118; Mount Sinai Faculty Practice Associates
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Vassalotti, who practices in New York, NY and 11th Floor, NY, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vassalotti studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Vassalotti has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors and Best Doctors in America. Dr. Vassalotti (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Jeffrey Martin Saland, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Other
5 East 98th Street, Faculty Practice Associates; 10th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Saland's medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Saland graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, hyperparathyroidism, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Saland's distinctions include: New York Super Doctors and NY Magazine Best Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Saland (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and German. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Saland's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jonathan Allan Winston, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5 East 98th Street, Box 1118; Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jonathan Winston specializes in adult nephrology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Winston include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Winston is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors and Best Doctors New York Magazine. Dr. Winston speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Hilary M Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
5 East 98th Strete; 10th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hilary Hotchkiss is a specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). She works in New York, NY. Dr. Hotchkiss is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Hotchkiss is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
526 Avenue of The Americas
New York, NY
 

Dr. Brent Williams is an adult nephrologist in New York, NY. His clinical interests include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Williams accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. John Peter Sfakianos, MD
Specializes in Urology
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. John Sfakianos' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, he speaks Greek. Clinical interests for Dr. Sfakianos include robotic kidney surgery, bladder cancer, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is in-network for Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sfakianos include: Winner, Chief's Debate New York Academy of Medicine and Outstanding Pre -Urology Surgical Intern SUNY Downstate Department of Surgery. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Corinne Benchimol, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Other
5 E 98th Street, Fpa Pediatric Nephrology; 10th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Corinne Benchimol is a specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). She works in New York, NY. Dr. Benchimol graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Benchimol trained at Miami Children's Hospital. Her areas of expertise include vesicoureteral reflux, kidney stones, and enuresis (bed wetting). She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Benchimol has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Benchimol (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Anip Bansal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
36 W. 60th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anip Bansal is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bansal include chronic kidney failure, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Dr. Bansal is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Secure Horizons, and more. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Dr. Bansal (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language, Spanish, and German. Dr. Bansal's practice is open to new patients.

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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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