Dr. William Spivak, MD

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Dr. William Spivak, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology | Male

(212) 369-7700

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Every child is seen by me personally 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. 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). 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.Read more

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Dr. William Spivak is a Board Certified Pediatric Gastroenterologist serving the New York area for more than 25 years. Dr....Read more

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Specialties

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

Board Certifications

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  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics

Conditions Treated

Dr. Spivak says..

I have treated nearly a thousand patients with Crohns disease or Ulcerative Colitis, and I have experience with all treatment regimens. Unlike many younger physicians, I have extensive experience treating these disorders before the era of biologic agents such as Remicade or Humira, and when appropriate, I often can get patients into a sustained remission without the need for these medications.

GER is usually a clinical diagnosis in children. Occasionally, during the course of my discussion with the child, symptoms that the parents were unaware of become evident. These symptoms may change the course of treatment. I am conservative in terms of treatment and the use of invasive methods for diagnosis.

Although Celiac Disease can often be diagnosed on blood tests, the interpretation of these tests takes experience. The approach I take, developed over 30 years of seeing and treating patients with Celiac Disease, assures parents that the diagnosis and treatment is appropriate.

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  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Allergic Reactions to Food
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anemia
  • Breast Milk Jaundice
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Clostridium Difficile Colitis
  • Colon Polyp
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysphagia
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Esophagitis
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Infantile Colic
  • Infantile Diarrhea
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Parasite
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Malabsorption and Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Pediatric Intestinal Disorders
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vomiting Disorders

Procedures Performed

Dr. Spivak says..
  • Food Allergy Treatment
  • Blood Allergy Testing
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopic Polypectomy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Esophageal Dilatation
  • Esophageal pH Monitoring
  • Feeding Assessment
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hydrogen Breath Test (HBT)
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhoids
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Tube Feeding
  • Feeding Disorders of Infancy and Childhood
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  • Breath Testing
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Esophageal Dilatation
  • Hydrogen Breath Test (HBT)

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  • 0
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    Sanctions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva University

    Graduated in 1976

  • Internship Hospital
    Albert Einstein College Of Medicine-Pediatrics,

    Completed in 1977

  • Residency Hospital
    Albert Einstein College Of Medicine-Pediatrics,

    Completed in 1979

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School

    Completed in 1982

    Research Fellowship-Brigham and Women's Hospital and The Harvard Medical School

    Completed in 1982

  • Undergraduate School
    Yeshiva University

    Graduated in 1972

Awards & Recognition

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatrics
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Spivak says...

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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Dr. Spivak's Care Philosophy

  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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Dr. Spivak says...

I have treated nearly a thousand patients with Crohns disease or Ulcerative Colitis, and I have experience with all treatment regimens. Unlike many younger physicians, I have extensive experience treating these disorders before the era of biologic agents such as Remicade or Humira, and when appropriate, I often can get patients into a sustained remission without the need for these medications.

GER is usually a clinical diagnosis in children. Occasionally, during the course of my discussion with the child, symptoms that the parents were unaware of become evident. These symptoms may change the course of treatment. I am conservative in terms of treatment and the use of invasive methods for diagnosis.

Although Celiac Disease can often be diagnosed on blood tests, the interpretation of these tests takes experience. The approach I take, developed over 30 years of seeing and treating patients with Celiac Disease, assures parents that the diagnosis and treatment is appropriate.

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Dr. Spivak says...

  • Food Allergy Treatment
  • Blood Allergy Testing
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopic Polypectomy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Esophageal Dilatation
  • Esophageal pH Monitoring
  • Feeding Assessment
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hydrogen Breath Test (HBT)
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhoids
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Tube Feeding
  • Feeding Disorders of Infancy and Childhood