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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
910 Sleepy Hollow Road
Richmond, MA
 

Dr. Ira Schmelkin is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Richmond, MA and Westfield, MA. Dr. Schmelkin's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Baystate Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Schmelkin attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Top Doctors In New York Metro Area; Top Doctors In New York; and Top 10 Gastroenterologists. In addition to English, Dr. Schmelkin speaks Russian.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
777 North Street; Suite 203
Pittsfield, MA
 

Dr. Rangan Murali's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cigna, and Aetna. He attended Coimbatore Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Murali has received professional recognition including the following: Clinical Skills & Scholarship; Teaching Attending of The Year Teaching Attending of The Tear Teaching Attending of The Year; and Humanitarian Award. In addition to English, Dr. Murali (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Murali welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
24 Charles Street
Pittsfield, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Dunzendorfer's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Dunzendorfer accepts Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Dunzendorfer attended medical school at Goethe University Frankfurt. Dr. Dunzendorfer has received professional recognition including the following: *Additional Specialty: Internal Medicine* **Board Certified in Internal Medicine** ACG; Fellow Award; and Center. He speaks German. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
261 South Street
Pittsfield, MA
 

Dr. Veronica Deyeso's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deyeso accepts. She is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Deyeso's distinctions include: Teaching Award, Berkshire Medical Center, Umass and Medical School. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Deyeso welcomes new patients.

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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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