Our trusted team delivers the most accurate screening results and provides
a full range of services designed to return you to good health as promptly
and painlessly as possible. From colon cancer, to chronic heartburn, to
liver and pancreatic disease, our gastroenterologists and general surgeons
provide relief for patients suffering digestive ailments and conditions
of the digestive tract.
We recommend having a screening colonoscopy every ten years beginning at
age 50 (age 45 for African-Americans). Physician referrals are required
for any screening services. To find a gastroenterologist, visit our
physician directory or call our physician referral line (800) 903-9233.
A note from Richard Nickowitz, MD, medical director, gastroenterology
“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 gut 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.