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 and the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommend screening colonoscopies ever 10 years, starting at age 45 for adults with an average risk of colorectal cancer. Physician referrals are required for any screening services.
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.