Whether you need a diagnostic test or surgery, there is no need to delay taking care of your gastrointestinal health – we’re here to safely care for you.
COVID-19 Update: The recent surge of COVID-19 in the community has impacted some elective surgeries. Please contact your physician for information about your surgery.
Setting the Standard in Patient Safety
We have a new state-of-the-art endoscopy unit, and are excited to announce that we use the world’s first single-use duodenoscope by Boston Scientific for some procedures. As the first and only hospital in the San Gabriel Valley to offer the single-use duodenoscope when indicated for special endoscopic procedures, we are proud to bring the gold standard in patient safety to our region.
When it comes to colon cancer, early detection is key. We and the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommend having a screening colonoscopy every ten years beginning at age 50 (age 45 for African-Americans). Talk to your doctor about your individual colon cancer risk factors.
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.
Our Gastroenterology Services
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.