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We found 4 geriatricians who accept Empire BlueCross BlueShield PPO near Staten Island, NY.

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Dr. Chitoor S Govindaraj, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
11 Ralph Place; Suite 213
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Chitoor Govindaraj works as an adult critical care specialist, geriatrician, and adult pulmonologist in Brooklyn, NY, Staten Island, NY, and New York, NY. Dr. Govindaraj obtained his medical school training at Madras Medical College and performed his residency at New York Methodist Hospital. He is especially interested in pulmonary testing. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst. In addition to English, Dr. Govindaraj (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital - South, and Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC). Dr. Govindaraj is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pulmonary Testing

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Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
501 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Louis Sasso is a geriatrics (elderly care) and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Sasso is affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
500 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Anita Szerszen specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Staten Island, NY. Dr. Szerszen (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital. She graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Amerigroup, AARP, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Szerszen accepts. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
242 Mason Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Imran Khalid's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Staten Island, NY. Dr. Khalid honors Amerigroup, AARP, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. Dr. Khalid (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South. Dr. Khalid's practice is open to new patients.

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What is Geriatrics?

Geriatrics is the subspecialty of internal medicine that provides primary care to older adults. Physical health tends to decline with age, and geriatricians work to manage such age-related concerns as chronic illness, frailty, multiple medications, and declining mental health to keep seniors as active and independent as possible.

Some of the most common concerns seen by a geriatrician include:

  • Mobility issues, including the need for canes and walkers, as well as preventing falls
  • Osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones, which affects as many as a quarter of all men and half of all women over fifty
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Incontinence, or the inability to control one’s bladder
  • Memory loss, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

A geriatrician may also provide their patients with comprehensive care that includes checking on their social health. Seniors are at increased risk for poverty, loneliness, abuse, and injuries in the home. As part of their health care, a geriatrician may inquire about family support, living conditions, or the ability of a patient to perform daily self-care tasks.

In some cases, a geriatrician may serve as an advisor to other physicians on a specific case or condition. However, most of the time geriatrics is a primary care specialty, and geriatricians provide routine health care to the older patients they work with.