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

Toba Weinstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
222 Middle Country Road; Suite 106
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Toba Weinstein practices adult gastroenterology, pediatric gastroenterology, and general pediatrics. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Weinstein is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Weinstein is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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James Markowitz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
222 Middle Country Road; Suite 106
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. James Markowitz specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics and practices in Lake Success, NY, Smithtown, NY, and New Hyde Park, NY. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Markowitz accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Markowitz's practice is open to 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's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Pettei is rated highly by his patients. He is affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Pettei (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Cantonese.

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

Dr. Ying Lu sees patients in Lake Success, NY, Smithtown, NY, and Flushing, NY. Her medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Lu attended medical school at New York Medical College. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Cantonese. Dr. Lu's professional affiliations include North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Deepak Desai specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Northport, NY, Stony Brook, NY, and Manhasset, NY. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Desai honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He has an open panel. He attended Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Spanish.

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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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