We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept WellCare Choice near Smithtown, NY.

Dr. Deepak Sadanand Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Deepak Desai practices adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Desai is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Desai attended Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur for medical school. Dr. Desai (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Mandarin, and Spanish.

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James Markowitz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. James Markowitz works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician. Dr. Markowitz is professionally affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Markowitz is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Markowitz is accepting new patients.

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Toba Weinstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Toba Weinstein's specialties are adult gastroenterology, pediatric gastroenterology, and general pediatrics. She practices in Smithtown, NY, Lake Success, NY, and New Hyde Park, NY. She is affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Patient reviews placed Dr. Weinstein at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Michael Joseph Pettei, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Commack Satellite Office of Cohen Children's Medical Center of Ny
Commack, NY
 

Dr. Michael Pettei practices pediatric gastroenterology in New Hyde Park, NY, Lake Success, NY, and Commack, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Pettei is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Pettei is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Pettei (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Pettei is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Ying Lu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Ying Lu's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Lu's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. She graduated from New York Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Lu speaks Cantonese. She is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and 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.
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