Dr. William Spivak, MD

Dr. William Spivak, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 67
Dr. William Spivak, MD is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 36 years. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1976 and specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatrics.Read his story

177 E 87th St # 305

New York, NY 10128

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more than 69% of peers
more than 63% of peers
Abdominal Disorders
more than 55% of peers

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Dr. Spivak's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Spivak "Dr. William Spivak is a Board Certified Pediatric Gastroenterologist serving the New York area for more than 25 years. Dr. Spivak is experienced in Chronic Abdominal Pain, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux (GER or Acid Reflux) and Feeding Assessment. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Dr. Spivak was awarded the Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors award and the Castle Connolly Top Doctor in New York Metro Area award. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS American College of Gastroenterology American Gastroenterology Association North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition AWARDS & ACCOLADES Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors®, 2005 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 1998 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 INSURANCES ACCEPTED The office accepts Oxford Insurance and United Healthcare only. However, the majority of our patients have neither of these plans, yet choose to see Dr. Spivak because of his outstanding reputation and his conservative approach to management based on 25 years of experience. Payment is expected at time of service for non-Oxford or United Healthcare patients. In case of financial hardship, other arrangements can be made. FORMS OF PAYMENT We accept Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. Payment Plans can be arranged. The office will bill your insurance for out of network coverage so that you will be reimbursed directly from your insurance company. Please call the office to make an appointment and discuss the first visit and follow-up visit fees. OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday: 9.00 A.M to 5.00 P.M. "


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Care Philosophy

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  1. Every child is seen by me personally
  2. I will spend an hour with a new patient (sometimes longer if the problem is complex) understanding the child's medical problems and the implication that problem has on the child's functioning within family and friends.
  3. If the child has health or developmental issues other than GI and nutritional, I will often advise parents on how best to obtain care for these problems, since I feel strongly that focusing on just the GI system often misses the whole reason that the child has issues (including GI).
  4. Before the family leaves the office, I discuss in detail with the parents, the diagnosis, the treatment plan, and what they can anticipate over next few weeks.I will give written instructions, so there can be no miscommunication on just verbal instructions. If parents need to contact me after hours for an urgent matter, they simply dial the office number and press "0" and I will answer the call from my cell phone while they hold.


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2  Specialties

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics

2  Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*
  • Pediatrics
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*

42  Conditions Treated


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7  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Yeshiva University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Pediatrics,
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Pediatrics,
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Research Fellowship - Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard Medical School
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Spivak's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Spivak to family and friends
33 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (33)

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Dr. Spivak's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

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  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

Saw this doctor for an issue of chronic cosntipation with my toddler. Completely misdiagnosed my child, without performing any diagnostic tests/ lab work or X-rays. Prescribed not only incorrect but highly habit forming laxative medication. Would not recommend this doctor to anyone. Not to mention...more
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I am sorry that you were not satisfied with the care that I offered. Although I cannot comment directly about your child's care online, with a good history and physical exam, almost all toddlers with constipation do not require x-rays, diagnostic tests or lab work in order to institute treatment. Also, in my more than 30 years of treating toddlers for constipation, not one toddler was ever habituated to laxatives. During the hour visit, I also discuss with parents about tapering off laxatives.

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