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Gastroenterologist Relocates Practice
September 19, 2008



PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshire Health Systems has announced that Ira Schmelkin, MD, a Gastroenterologist specializing in gastroenterological endoscopy, capsule endoscopy and liver disease, and with extensive experience in diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy and endoscopy, has moved his physician practice to a new location. Dr. Schmelkin has joined the BHS physician practice group and has relocated to the 6th Floor Physician Office Suite in the Berkshire Medical Center Medical Arts Complex, 777 North St., Pittsfield.

In his new practice, Dr. Schmelkin will continue to provide comprehensive Gastroenterology services, including diagnostic and screening colonoscopy and endoscopy services.

Dr. Schmelkin is an internationally recognized authority on capsule endoscopy, or “camera in a pill” technology, in which patients swallow a “camera pill” to visualize the intestinal tract. Dr. Schmelkin has performed thousands of these procedures, as well as having authored many studies and abstracts on Capsule Endoscopy. He has given many presentations and lectures on the use of Capsule Endoscopy in community clinical practice both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Schmelkin received his Medical Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is fellowship trained in Gastroenterology from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Prior to moving to the Berkshires in 2004, Dr. Schmelkin was in private practice in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, where he was the founding senior partner of Great Neck Gastroenterology Associates. He was an attending physician at North Shore University Hospital and New York University School of Medicine, where he taught clinical gastroenterology, as well as teaching at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Schmelkin has authored many abstracts and papers in leading gastrointestinal journals.

He is a member of the American Gastroenterologic Association, American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society of Gastroenterology Endoscopy.

For an appointment with Dr. Schmelkin, ask your physician for a referral or call 413-447-2858.
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