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

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Paul Broomfield, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.67 stars (158 ratings)
375 E Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Paul Broomfield is a Bay Shore, NY physician who specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Broomfield average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Broomfield graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School. His professional affiliations include Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners.

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Aaron R Harrison, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.75 stars (169 ratings)
375 E Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Aaron Harrison specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology. Dr. Harrison is affiliated with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Patient ratings for Dr. Harrison average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Robert Chatalbash, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.59 stars (126 ratings)
375 East Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Robert Chatalbash specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology and practices in Bay Shore, NY. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chatalbash honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Sign Language. Dr. Chatalbash is affiliated with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners.

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Jeffrey Ashkin, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.64 stars (162 ratings)
375 E Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Ashkin is a general practitioner and adult gastroenterologist in Bay Shore, NY. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners. Dr. Ashkin takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Mary M Thomas, DO
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.69 stars (165 ratings)
375 East Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Mary Thomas works as a general practitioner and adult gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners.

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Frank J Karpowicz, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.55 stars (105 ratings)
375 E Main Street; Suite 21
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Frank Karpowicz specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology and practices in Bay Shore, NY. Dr. Karpowicz's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Karpowicz is affiliated with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health Physician Partners.

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Benjamin Sahn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
average rating 4.8 stars (66 ratings)
500 West Main Street
Babylon, NY
 

Dr. Benjamin Sahn practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Sahn is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sahn's professional affiliations include North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC), and Southside Hospital.

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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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