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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
10 Union Square East; Beth Israel Medical Centerbaird Hallnephrology Division
New York, NY
 

Dr. Steven Gruber practices adult nephrology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gruber include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Gruber attended medical school at Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences. He completed his residency training at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Gruber's distinctions include: New York Super Doctors and New York Super Doctors New York Super Doctors. Dr. Gruber (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Yiddish.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5 East 98th Street, Box 1118; Mount Sinai Faculty Practice Associates
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Vassalotti's specialty is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. Dr. Vassalotti is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Vassalotti attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Vassalotti has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors and Best Doctors in America. Dr. Vassalotti (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Renal Biopsy, Hypertension, Renal Artery Stenosis, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. John Sfakianos is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. He speaks Greek. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sfakianos include robotic kidney surgery, bladder cancer, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Sfakianos is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He takes Amerigroup, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Sfakianos's distinctions include: Winner, Chief's Debate New York Academy of Medicine and Outstanding Pre -Urology Surgical Intern SUNY Downstate Department of Surgery. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cystoscopy, Pyeloplasty, Kidney Stones, Robotic Prostatectomy, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5 East 98th Street, Box 1118; Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jonathan Winston sees patients in New York, NY. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Winston include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and renal ultrasound. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant. Dr. Winston's practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors and Best Doctors New York Magazine. Dr. Winston speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
425 W 59th Street; 8th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ira Meisels' area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Meisels include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Acute Kidney Injury, Kidney Stones, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Other
5 East 98th Street, Faculty Practice Associates; 10th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Saland specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Saland is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hyperparathyroidism, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Saland is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Saland has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors and NY Magazine Best Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Renal Biopsy, Hyperparathyroidism, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
36 W. 60th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anip Bansal's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bansal include chronic kidney failure, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Bansal attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school. He has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. Dr. Bansal is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Other
5 E 98th Street, Fpa Pediatric Nephrology; 10th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Corinne Benchimol's specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). She attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Miami Children's Hospital for residency. Her areas of expertise include vesicoureteral reflux, kidney stones, and enuresis (bed wetting). Dr. Benchimol accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. She has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Benchimol (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Benchimol is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Cysts, Bladder Problems, Kidney Stones, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
314 W 14th Street; First Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Brent Williams is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Williams's areas of expertise include the following: chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and polycystic kidney disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Williams is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
5 East 98th Strete; 10th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hilary Hotchkiss is a medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hotchkiss obtained her medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Cysts, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, ... (Read more)

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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys, made up of minerals that are normally present in urine. They can vary in size, from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a nickel, occasionally even larger. Sometimes they lodge in the kidney, and sometimes they break free and make their way out through the urinary tract, which can be extremely painful.

Kidney stones can be smooth or jagged and are yellow to brown in color. They are mostly comprised of the minerals calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus. Examining the stones to see what they are made of can show what caused the stone to be formed in the first place. For example, a stone made of mostly calcium, which is the most common type, can happen any time the urine becomes too concentrated due to dehydration or a blockage in the kidney. A uric acid stone forms when acid levels in the urine get too high, usually due to excessive consumption of animal protein such as meat and fish. A struvite stone is a sign of certain infections, and a cystine stone can be due to a genetic disorder that raises the risk of kidney stones.

The most common symptom of kidney stones is pain, either in the back or lower abdomen, or severe pain when urinating. There may also be blood in the urine. Treatment for kidney stones depends on how large the stone is. Very small stones can pass out of the body on their own, and they do not require treatment other than drinking adequate water and taking pain killers. Larger stones need to be broken apart and removed. The main treatment options are:

  • Shock wave lithotripsy, which uses sound wave vibrations to break apart the stone
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or the use of a very tiny tool (like a wire inserted through the back) to break apart and remove the stone
  • Ureteroscopy, a thin tube inserted through the urethra and bladder to the stone, where tiny tools can grasp the stone and remove it

People who have had one kidney stone are at risk of developing another. To reduce this risk, patients are given instructions specific to the type of stone they developed. Generally the instructions will include drinking more water to dilute the urine, but it may also involve lowering sodium intake or eating less meat.

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