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What is Nephrology or a Nephrologist?

A nephrologist is a physician who specializes in the field of Nephrology. A Nephrologist has completed an internal medicine residency and subsequently a fellowship in the specialty of nephrology. Nephrology is the study, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disorders. Nephrology primarily focuses on the progressive deterioration in kidney function called chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is broken down into stages from 1 to 5. The end stage of CKD (ESRD) coincides with the need for renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplantation). Nephrology also deals with conditions such as kidney stones, blood or protein in the urine, electrolyte disorders and fluid management issues. Nephrologists additionally have a unique perspective and training in Hypertension.

What is the difference between a Nephrologist and a Urologist?

  • Nephrologists are physicians trained through the medical route and are the medical specialists in disorders of the kidney.
  • Urologists are surgeons who act as the surgical specialists for disorders of the kidney and genitourinary system.

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Who is at risk for CKD?

Anyone with diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, elevated body mass index, history of tobacco use, age greater than 60, or family history of CKD.

How do you screen for CKD?

Screening is simple. It only requires a simple blood test and urinalysis.

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What hospitals do we serve?

  • North Shore University Hospital; Manhasset, NY
  • Long Island Jewish Hospital; New Hyde Park, NY
  • St. Francis Hospital; Roslyn, NY

What insurances do you participate with?

Please note that the insurance providers listed below are strictly for Nephrology patients, and does not include Primary Care services.

 

  • Medicare
  • Rail Road Medicare
  • Oxford/Oxford Medicare Advantage
  • GHI PPO/Emblem
  • Vytra
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Healthcare (managed care plan only)
  • Magna Health HMO
  • Magna Care PPO
  • Aetna
  • United Healthcare/Americhoice/Wellcare
  • Empire Plan
  • All HIP plans/HIPVIP
  • Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield (PPO/EPO/POS/HMO/Senior Plan)
  • Multiplan/PHCS
  • Healthfirst
  • Healthnet/PHS/Guardian

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Do you do blood work in the office?

Yes. We have medical assistants who can draw blood in the office. A complete blood count (CBC) is done in the office. Other blood work is sent to commercial laboratories based upon preference and insurance bias. 

What are the office hours?

  • Monday, Wednesday: 9 am - 7 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

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How long is a typical wait to see a physician?

Our aim is to see patients as soon as possible. We strive to fill new appointments within a week depending on patient preference and the particular physician availability. 

Will you stay in touch with my primary care doctor?

Occasionally, serving as primary care providers, we are mainly consultants in the field of nephrology and hypertension. As consultants, our practice model revolves around building a strong partnership with your primary or referring physician. Through consultation and close communication, we advise your referring physician on how to best optimize your renal care, using the clinical experience and expertise of specialists.

 

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