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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. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desai takes. Dr. Desai attended Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. James Markowitz is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Markowitz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. His professional affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Markowitz is accepting new patients.

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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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pettei graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Pettei (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Cantonese. Dr. Pettei is professionally affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Toba Weinstein is a gastroenterologist and pediatric gastroenterologist in Smithtown, NY, New Hyde Park, NY, and Lake Success, NY. She is rated highly by her patients. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weinstein accepts. Dr. Weinstein studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Weinstein's professional affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Ying Lu's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. Dr. Lu accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Her practice is open to new patients. She graduated from New York Medical College. Dr. Lu speaks Cantonese.

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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.