We found 3 internists who accept Great-West Healthcare near Staten Island, NY.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
347 Edison Street
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Lucinda Ripoll is a Staten Island, NY physician who specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Ripoll a rating of 4.0 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 graduated from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ripoll's hospital/clinic affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South and Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1776 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Sosinsky is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South. Dr. Sosinsky takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
333 Pacific Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Michael Smerina's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Aetna, and more. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Smerina is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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What is General Internal Medicine?

A specialist in general internal medicine is often referred to as an “internist.” While internal medicine physicians also provide comprehensive care, they should not be confused with general practitioners or family medicine practitioners, both of which may provide pregnancy care, deliver babies, and treat children. An internal medicine doctor specializes only in the health care of adults.

With internal medicine, there is never an illness too big or too small. These physicians have exceptionally broad-based training, and they can care for patients in any condition -- from healthy to dealing with serious medical issues. Because their scope is so wide, internal medicine physicians can provide an excellent picture of overall health.

One of the unusual aspects of internal medicine is that physicians in this field often treat their patients for a very long time -- sometimes for life. They manage preventive care when their patients are well, and they become advocates and consultants when complex medical issues arise. Because internal medicine physicians tend to treat patients over a long period of time, they are an ideal choice to manage chronic illnesses.

There are a huge number of subspecialties within internal medicine, for example: cardiology (which deals with problems of the heart and blood vessels), nephrology (which deals with diseases of the kidneys), and hospice medicine (which tends to the special needs of patients at the end of life). General internal medicine is considered a subspecialty itself and refers to internists without another specific focus. General internists provide total, primary care for the whole body of adult patients, in sickness or in health.

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