We found 4 gastroenterologists who accept WellCare Choice near Smithtown, NY.

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

Dr. James Markowitz is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician in New Hyde Park, NY, Lake Success, NY, and Smithtown, NY. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital - Main Facility, and Northwell Health Physician Partners. Dr. Markowitz attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Markowitz takes. He is accepting new patients.

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Ying Lu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Ying Lu specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Lu speaks Cantonese. She is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and Northwell Health Physician Partners. She is a graduate of New York Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Lu average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Michael Pettei is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician in New Hyde Park, NY, Lake Success, NY, and Commack, NY. Dr. Pettei attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Pettei (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital - Main Facility, and Northwell Health Physician Partners. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Toba Weinstein practices adult gastroenterology, pediatric gastroenterology, and general pediatrics in Lake Success, NY, Smithtown, NY, and New Hyde Park, NY. She is a graduate of 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, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Weinstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital - Main Facility, and Northwell Health Physician Partners. She has an open panel.

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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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