Gastroenterology

Best Hospitals US News NationalOur trusted team delivers the most accurate screening results and provides a full range of interventions designed to return you to health as promptly and painlessly as possible. From colon cancer screening, to chronic heartburn, to care of liver and pancreative disease, our gastroenterologists and general surgeons provide relief for patients suffering digestive ailments and conditions of the digestive tract.

Physician referrals are required for any screening services. If you don't have a Gastroenterologist, find a Huntington Hospital Gastroenterologist by visiting our Physician Directory or calling our Physician Referral line (800) 903-9233.

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Common conditions we treat and screen

  • Colon Cancer - Our highly trained physicians can detect even tiny precancerous growths, known as polyps, through a variety of advanced screening methods, and can provide the full range of treatment options.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) -We treat this condition with dietary modification and/or medications called proton pump inhibitors. If symptoms cannot be sufficiently eliminated by these methods, surgical options may be available.
  • Gallstones - We diagnose gallstones using abdominal ultrasound, a simple, noninvasive imaging technique. Gallstones can be removed, often in a minimally invasive fashion, through cholecystectomy. This procedure is generally an outpatient procedure but can at times be done on an outpatient basis.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - We offer a full range of options to treat IBD (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease), including medication, diet modification and surgery.

Physician referrals are required for screenings.

Gastroenterology and general surgery

When surgery is required, our team of skilled surgeons stands ready to provide the most advanced care available in our region. Three of our surgical suites are designed for minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, procedures. Patients often enjoy significant reductions in healing time and postsurgical pain, along with less scarring and a more prompt return to normal daily activities. Our medical gastroenterologists and surgeons work closely together to provide optimal care.

A note from Richard Nickowitz, MD, medical director, gastroenterology

Dr. Nickowitz

“In the gastroenterology department at Huntington Hospital, our dedicated group of physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff use state-of-the-art equipment to deliver outstanding quality gastrointestinal care. At Huntington Hospital, your health and safety are our primary concern.” – Richard Nickowitz, MD, medical director, gastroenterology

Richard Nickowitz, MD is the medical director of the gastroenterology department, as well as an active member of the teaching faculty at the hospital. His areas of interest include inflammatory bowel disease, biliary tract disease, liver disease and endoscopy. He is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Nickowitz studied at Yale University and Cornell University Medical College. He followed with an Internal Medicine Residency at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and completed his combined Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Nickowitz has been on the medical staff at Huntington Hospital since 1993 and is ABIM (re)certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Maintaining G.I. Health

Recent studies have focused on the connection between healthy guy bacteria and overall wellness. Huntington Hospital Clinical Dietition Crystal Kwan, MPH shares tips for incorporating probiotics and prebiotics into your diet to encourage the right bacteria in your system. A beneficial balance can help keep your GI tract healthy and protect against harmful microorganisms.

Read Crystal Kwan's article here.

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