The Gastroenterology Department maintains a high level of experience and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all gastrointestinal disorders. Our tertiary facilities at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Southside Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Staten Island University Hospital have experts of fields including therapeutic endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, endoscopic ultrasound, pancreatic and biliary disease, motility disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, portal hypertension, women’s gastrointestinal issues and nutrition. We are a full-service digestive disease center that offers the latest and most innovative treatments available in gastroenterology.

Specialized services

  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • Esophageal and anal motility
  • Small bowel enteroscopy
  • Advanced small bowel enteroscopy
    • Endoscopic capsuleendoscopy
    • Endoscopic pseudocyst drainage and pancreatic necrosectomy
    • Endoscopic mucosal resection and dissection
    • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Advanced therapeutic biliary and pancreatic endoscopy
  • Bravo placement
  • pH testing
  • Barrex treatment for Barrett’s esophagus
  • Cryotherapy for Barrett’s esophagus
  • Pseudocyst drainage
  • Botox injection for achalasia, noncardiac chest pain, gastroparesis, functional rectal sigmoid obstruction
  • Lactulose and lactose breath testing
  • Novel therapy for noncardiac chest pain
  • Novel therapy for gastroparesis

Inflammatory bowel disease program

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which is mainly subdivided as Crohn's Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC), is estimated to affect over one million individuals in the United States.  Characterized by spontaneous and chronic inflammation of the colon and/or the small bowel, the onset of IBD is a life altering event, significantly impacting an individual's quality of life.  While once the cause of IBD was entirely unknown, decades of research have begun to unravel the disease's secrets.  Bowel inflammation, which may be followed by other complications such as narrowing, spontaneous rupture and even malignancy, appears to result from over-activity of the body's immune system.  Though this immune response mainly affects the bowel, it can also affect other organs such as joints, skin and eyes.  With recent advances in therapy, the goal is no longer to merely control symptoms, but to truly control the disease, prevent complications, and restore a normal quality of life.

While both medical and surgical advances have vastly improved patients' lives, these new treatment options have also significantly increased the complexity of providing safe and effective care.  The Crohn's and Colitis Program at Northwell Health has been formed to coordinate and deliver care in a seamless fashion.  With a core faculty of board-certified gastroenterologists, surgeons, and sub-specialists, both in Great Neck and Manhattan, the Crohn's and Colitis Program is committed to providing the most up-to-date, hands-on, and convenient care to all of our patients.  The well integrated physician network of the health system also provides our patients with easy access to the most advanced imaging and laboratory services.

Our group is heavily invested in advancing the care of our patients through research, including access to the latest clinical trials, genetic and microbiome analysis, as well as patient outreach and education.

Gastrointestinal Heath Center for Women

Women are unique when it comes to GI health. Some digestive problems are more common in women, and some affect women differently than men. There are also life events exclusive to women that may cause GI issues, such as menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.

Treating GI conditions

Many GI conditions can be managed with simple lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and weight management. However, other digestive problems may be more serious and require medication or surgery. It is important to speak with your primary care physician about how you can take care of your GI health and whether you would benefit from seeing a GI specialist.

Are you suffering from one or more of these common GI symptoms?

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Blood in stool or changes in stool color
  • Nausea or vomiting

If so, the specialists at the GI Health Center will customize a diagnostic and treatment plan that is right for you.

About the Gastrointestinal Health Center for Women

The Gastrointestinal (GI) Health Center for Women provides a multidisciplinary approach to the care of women with GI issues. Our team of medical professionals uses state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques to diagnose and treat women with a wide range of GI conditions, as well as screen for GI cancers.

Our board-certified gastroenterologists collaborate with specialists in the areas of urogynecology, colorectal surgery, gynecology, nutrition, psychiatry and primary care, to provide comprehensive care in a comfortable setting.

GI conditions we treat that are common to women include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Liver disease

Your first visit

During your initial visit, you will be seen by a gastroenterologist with clinical expertise in treating and managing GI conditions in women. We will ask you about your symptoms, previous medical and family history, and dietary and lifestyle patterns. A comprehensive physical examination will be performed, and further testing may be recommended. Laboratory tests, X-rays or a procedure in our nearby Endoscopy Center may be necessary to determine the best course of treatment. We will develop a customized treatment plan for you to achieve the best possible outcome for your condition.

Screening for colorectal cancer

Women at average risk for colorectal cancer should be screened beginning at age 50. If you are at an increased or high risk, you may need to begin screenings at an earlier age. Talk to your doctor.

Specialized Services We Offer

Medical nutrition therapy
Our registered dietitian (RD) provides medical nutrition therapy to help patients manage common GI issues such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain and incontinence.

The RD will:

  • Review your eating habits
  • Assess your nutritional intake
  • Discuss the role of diet in treating your particular condition
  • Work with you to develop a healthy meal plan

Medical nutrition therapy has been shown to alleviate GI symptoms associated with IBS, inflammatory bowl disease (IBD), fatty liver and GERD.

Behavioral medicine therapy
Behavioral health issues such as stress and anxiety are closely associated with GI conditions; they may contribute to GI symptoms or be caused by existing GI problems. Our clinical psychologist can work with you to address the psychological issues related to your GI condition in a one-to-one or small group setting.

Treatment for liver disorders
Some liver diseases, such as autoimmune liver disease, affect women more often than men. Others, such as alcohol-related diseases, develop more rapidly in women than in men. Additionally, certain liver diseases are uniquely associated with pregnancy. Early recognition of these liver diseases is important to minimize damage to the liver. Our Center has physicians with special training in hepatology to address the special needs of our liver patients.

Advanced endoscopic procedures

Endoscopy is a way of looking inside the body using a flexible tube called an endoscope that has a small camera on the end of it. If an endoscopic procedure is right for you, our team at the GI Health Center will assist in coordinating your care with highly trained experts within the health system who endoscopically diagnose and treat diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and bile duct.

Research and clinical trials

Our center conducts medical research that is specifically geared to women and offers patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. This provides you with the very latest in treatments for GI conditions and helps us to better understand GI and liver diseases.

Clinical trials are offered in the following areas:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Weight loss or obesity
  • Advanced procedures for the treatment of GERD
  • Barrett’s esophagus/esophageal cancer

Contact

To schedule an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists or for more information about the GI Health Center for Women, please call (516) 387-3990.

Patient tools

  • Access patient portals
  • The FollowMyHealth™ Patient Portal allows you to manage your health information online.

  • Get medical records
  • Health Information Management Offices can help patients access copies of medical records.

  • Preregister online
  • Preregistration is available for Lenox Hill Hospital maternity and surgery patients.