Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD

Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD

Colorectal SurgeryFemaleAge 53

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(973) 891-2911

Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD is a Colorectal Surgery Specialist in Livingston, NJ. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Liberty Health - Jersey City Medical Center. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Tarantino to book an appointment.

Office Hours

200 S Orange Ave Ste 232 Livingston, NJ 07039

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Locations

Associates in Colon & Rectal Diseases, P.A.

Associates In Colon/ Rectal Dis200 S Orange Ave Ste 232 Livingston, NJ 07039
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    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: closed
    • Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Tarantino's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Tarantino

4.1

Based on 28 ratings

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What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (20)
  • Explained conditions well (20)
  • Listened & answered questions (20)
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (6)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
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Great experience with Dr Tarantino. Very through and experienced! Highly recommend
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Gina – Apr 09, 2021
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Dr.Debra Tarantino performed emergency surgery following a perforated colon performed from a routine colonoscopy. She explained the procedure in detail and reassured me that the I was going to get through this. Dr. Tarantino visited every morning in the hospital bright and early. She entered my room with a smile on her beautiful face. I am actually looking forward to seeing no her this week to follow up.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Carol in Springfield, NJ – Feb 15, 2020
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poor bedside manner. Unprofessional This doctor can not handle her pts getting second opinions for what I considered a serious surgery. Basically kicked me out because she was made aware that I went for a second opinion. Should not be working with the public. She is degrading and should be ashamed of her behavior.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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May 14, 2019
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Dr. Tarantino is an amazing surgeon! If it wasn’t for her, I would not have ever gotten my reversal surgery. She’s a great doctor and I can’t thank her enough for her care and wonderful bedside manners. She really does take the time to talk and listen to you. I’m so glad I decided to get a second opinion. I was not happy with my last surgeon so I’m glad I found her ??
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 11, 2019
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A very caring and dedicated professional. I was under her care and would highly recommend.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Nov 29, 2018
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I was not happy with my experiences whatsoever. She was rude, condescending and had no bedside manner. My concerns were disregarded and I felt as though I were being a burden to her. However, the staff is excellent.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Melissa – Jun 10, 2018
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I can’t thank Dr. Tarantino enough for all she has done for me. I was in the dark until I visited her. She is very experienced, considerate and kind. She suggested the best course for my case, nonetheless well informed us about her alternative plan too. Her professional expertise has made my life much better and brighter. She is an excellent surgeon. I trust her and highly recommend her. October, 2017
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Livingston, NJ – Nov 03, 2017
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Knowledgeable, personable, compassionate. Makes a colonoscopy as good as it can be. I am a nurse and recommend her to all my friends and family.
What went well
No results
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No results
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Betsy in Denville, NJ – May 21, 2017
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No bedside manner at all. Horrible to speak with .. not a good doctor
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No results
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No results
7 people found this helpful
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parsippany Nj – May 02, 2017
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She's extremely rude. I went in for a routine exam and she basically told me what I already knew. I had asked for medicine that I had used years back and her response was no and that if I wanted that medication I should go back to the doctor who originally gave me that medicine. Then I get a massive bill from her office for services she didn't even do. She's a horrible person.
What went well
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No results
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Ramsey, NJ – Jan 11, 2017
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Experience and Background Checks

Experience
Background

Background Check

1 malpractice claim Found
  • Settlement (3/21/2017)View details
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Tarantino's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Colectomy
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Tarantino performs Colectomy more than 89% of her peers

Dr. Tarantino performs this procedure more than 89% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • da Vinci® Colectomy
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
Hemorrhoids
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Tarantino treats Hemorrhoids more than 86% of her peers

Dr. Tarantino treats this condition more than 86% of her peers

Anal or Rectal Pain
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Tarantino treats Anal or Rectal Pain more than 84% of her peers

Dr. Tarantino treats this condition more than 84% of her peers

Dr. Tarantino's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anoscopy
  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cystotomy
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hidradenitis
  • Ileus
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection of the Rectum With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Excision or Destruction of Ovary With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Proctosigmoidopexy With Robotic Assistance
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Transendoscopic Stent Placement
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia

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(973) 891-2911

Dr. Tarantino accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Select
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Amerihealth
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
CoreSource
EmblemHealth
Emblem Health
Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Community Blue PPO
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Direct Access
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
MagnaCare
MagnaCare PPO
Medicaid
Amerigroup
Medicaid HMO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Oxford Health Plans
Freedom Plan
QualCare
QualCare HMO
QualCare PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
Oxford Liberty
United Healthcare

About Me

Biography

Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD is a Colorectal Surgery Specialist in Livingston, NJ. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Saint Barnabas Medical...Read more

Specialties

  • Colorectal Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

Education

St Luke's-Roosevelt Hosp Ctr
Fellowship Hospital
Case Western Reserve University
Residency Hospital
1994-1995
Internship Hospital
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Internship Hospital
Bucknell University
Undergraduate School
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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (973) 891-2911.

Does Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Tarantino has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Tarantino's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Tarantino frequently treats Colectomy, Hemorrhoids, and Anal or Rectal Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Tarantino treats.

Where is Dr. Debra Tarantino, MD's office located?

Dr. Tarantino's office is located at 200 S Orange Ave Ste 232, Livingston, NJ 07039. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Tarantino is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Livingston, NJ

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ (2021)

Liberty Health - Jersey City Medical Center

Jersey City, NJ

63% Patient Experience Rating, 6% lower than the national average

4 Awards Received

Morristown Medical Center

Morristown, NJ

79% Patient Experience Rating, 10% higher than the national average

30 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)