We found 7 gastroenterologists who accept HealthSmart near Bay Shore, NY.

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Benjamin Sahn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
500 West Main Street
Babylon, NY
 

Dr. Benjamin Sahn's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. His hospital/clinic affiliations include North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC), and Southside Hospital. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Sahn is 5.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sahn honors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Paul Broomfield, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 E Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Paul Broomfield practices adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Broomfield takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. He is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners. Dr. Broomfield welcomes new patients.

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Aaron R Harrison, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 E Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Aaron Harrison works as a gastroenterologist. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Harrison is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He is affiliated with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners. He has an open panel.

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Robert Chatalbash, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 East Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Robert Chatalbash is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Sign Language. Dr. Chatalbash is affiliated with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Chatalbash at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Jeffrey Ashkin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 E Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Ashkin is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Bay Shore, NY. Patients gave Dr. Ashkin an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is affiliated with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Mary M Thomas, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 East Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Mary Thomas specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Bay Shore, NY. She studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Thomas is 4.5 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts. Dr. Thomas's professional affiliations include Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners. She is accepting new patients.

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Frank J Karpowicz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
375 E Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Frank Karpowicz is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Bay Shore, NY. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Karpowicz is affiliated with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

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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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