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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Desai obtained his medical school training at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. James Markowitz's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Markowitz average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Markowitz is affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in New Hyde Park, NY, Lake Success, NY, and Commack, NY. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pettei is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Pettei (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Cantonese. Dr. Pettei is professionally affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He is accepting 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 physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Weinstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. She studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. The average patient rating for Dr. Weinstein is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Weinstein takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Ying Lu, who practices in Smithtown, NY, Lake Success, NY, and Flushing, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She speaks Cantonese. She is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. Dr. Lu graduated from New York Medical College. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lu accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. 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.