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

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's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Patient ratings for Dr. Gruber average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gruber include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Dr. Gruber is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gruber welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gruber include: New York Super Doctors and New York Super Doctors New York Super Doctors. Dr. Gruber (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Yiddish.

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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 specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vassalotti include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. Dr. Vassalotti's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Sinai Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst. He is accepting new patients. He attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Vassalotti's distinctions include: New York Super Doctors and Best Doctors in America. Dr. Vassalotti (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian.

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

Dr. Ira Meisels' specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Meisels include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. She is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System. Dr. Meisels graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Meisels is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in New York, NY. Dr. Winston has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Winston include: New York Super Doctors and Best Doctors New York Magazine. Dr. Winston speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Sinai Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. John Sfakianos' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Sfakianos's education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Sfakianos include robotic kidney surgery, bladder cancer, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sfakianos takes. 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 is conversant in Greek. He is affiliated with Sinai Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Brent Williams' medical specialty is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and polycystic kidney disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williams honors. Before completing his residency at St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital, Dr. Williams attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Williams is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System and NYU Langone Medical Center. His practice is open to 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 is a pediatric nephrologist. Dr. Saland (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and German. His clinical interests include kidney stones, hyperparathyroidism, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Saland's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai Hospital and Sinai Health System. He studied medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Saland average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Saland honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Saland include: New York Super Doctors and NY Magazine Best Doctors. Dr. Saland 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 practices 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, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bansal trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Bansal has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Dr. Bansal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Sign Language, Spanish, and German. He is affiliated with Sinai Health System. Dr. Bansal's practice is open to new patients.

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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, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Benchimol trained at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Benchimol's clinical interests 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) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Benchimol is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. She is accepting new patients.

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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 pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) specialist. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hotchkiss include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hotchkiss accepts. She has an open panel.

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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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