Gastroenterology Consultation Specialist

As experienced gastroenterologists in New York City, Dr. Jaffin and Dr. Weiss provide gastroenterology consultation services to patients from Manhattan's Upper West Side and throughout New York City, providing important information that can help patients understand their condition and their care and treatment options.

Gastroenterology Consultation Q & A

Westside Gastroenterology

What does a gastroenterologist do?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small intestine, colon and rectum.

What happens during a gastroenterology consultation?

A gastroenterology consultation appointment begins with a complete medical history that includes information about yourself as well as your immediate family members. The medical history will be reviewed to look for risk factors that could make you more prone to certain diseases and conditions. You'll also undergo an examination, which will include blood pressure readings and palpations of your belly to determine the source of pain and other symptoms. Diagnostic imaging like ultrasound or CT scan may be ordered, and you may also need to undergo a colonoscopy or endoscopy to gather more in-depth information. Once your exam is complete, you'll learn about the causes of your symptoms as well as your possible treatment options.

When should I have a gastroenterology consultation?

You should schedule a consultation appointment whenever you experience severe acute symptoms or chronic symptoms in your gastrointestinal tract, including:

  • chronic diarrhea

  • bloody bowel movements

  • chronic constipation

  • persistent bloating or distension

  • chronic or intermittent abdominal pain

  • severe acute abdominal pain

  • chronic heartburn

  • problems with swallowing

You can also schedule a consultation appointment to discuss current ongoing treatment including upcoming surgery or to get a second opinion of another diagnosis or treatment recommendation.

Is it OK to bring someone with me to my consultation?

Yes, sometimes it can be a good idea to bring someone, especially if surgery or long-term treatment is being considered so you can have someone to act as a “second set of ears” to ask questions and take notes as needed so you're free to focus on the information that's being provided to you.


Insurance/HMO Information

We currently participate with the following health care plans. For more information, please call the office.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Multiplan, Inc.
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
Oxford Liberty/Freedom

Words from our patients

  • Vitals

    "Dr. Jaffin has been my physician for over 15 years. Along with being an excellent diagnostician he is kind and caring and has always treated me with dignity."

  • Yelp

    "went to him for a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The office staff were very nice. The Dr. had a great bedside manner and appeared very competent."

    Gar S.
  • Vitals

    "This is exemplary physician service. Dr. Jaffin is very bright, explains everything, takes patient education very seriously and is thorough and very kind."

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  • Vitals

    "Excellent diagnostician as well as kind and caring. I will always be grateful to Dr. Jaffin!"

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  • "Dr. Weiss was really great and thorough. He listened to all of my symptoms, outlined the procedures in the examination, and then explained the diagnosis and treatment."

    Anthony C.
  • "The office staff was very nice and professional. There was an error in scheduling and it was dealt with immediately and wonderful solution was made!"

    Richard M.
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    "Dr. Weiss saw me before the procedure. In the procedure room, everything was professional and competent"

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    "Besides being a great doctor he also has a wonderful bedside manner. "

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    "Smart, conscientious, attentive and patient describe the what you get from Dr. Jaffin as a physician."

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    "I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends!"

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  • " Dr Jaffin spends time answering your questions explaining the condition you are being treated for and not treating you like a number."

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Westside Gastroenterology
620 Columbus Ave
Upper West Side

New York, NY 10024
Phone: 212-721-2600
Fax: 212-721-6230
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Westside Gastroenterology
620 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024