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About Dr. Chris J Kielbasa
Dr. Chris J Kielbasa, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Greenport, NY, with other offices in Greenport, NY and Riverhead, NY . He has 21 years of experience. His specialties include Family Medicine. Dr. Kielbasa is affiliated with Eastern Long Island Hospital. Dr. Kielbasa has received 2 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. Chris J Kielbasa has the following 1 specialty
- Family Medicine
A family practitioner is a doctor who specializes in caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life. Rather than focusing on the treatment of one disease or patient population, family practitioners are often the doctors that people see for their everyday ailments, like cold and flu or respiratory infections, and health screenings. When necessary, family practitioners will provide referrals for conditions that require the expertise of another specialist.
The doctors may also provide physicals, inoculations, prenatal care, treat chronic diseases, like diabetes and asthma, and provide advice on disease prevention.
Dr. Chris J Kielbasa has the following 7 expertise
- Weight Loss
- Weight Loss (non-surgical)
- Family Planning
Dr. Chris J Kielbasa has 0 board certified specialties
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The dr / patient relationship is important. It is dependent on mutual trust and respect: the dr has to trust the patient to tell the truth and the patient has to trust that the dr will behave professionally, be competent and professional. In all of those regards, "Dr Chris " exceeds expectations. He is thorough and can be probing when necessary but he always seems to be able to get 'to the bottom of the problem' and get me the right medicine or treatment. The one unpleasant surprise is that this office, unlike others, never seems to confirm appointments and so on more than one occasion I nearly missed seeing him.
My experiences at Prime Care Medical of Long Island were definitely the absolute worst medical care I have ever received in my life. I was looking for a new doctor, just wanted to general check-up and physical, and also wanted to have my finger checked out - I hurt it a few weeks before and it didn't seem to be getting better. Somehow they manage to require THREE appointments to do that, although they failed to tell me this when I called for the first appointment. The first appointment was to talk about my medical history, current health etc. Second one was to do blood work (even though I fasted before the first appointment in preparation to have blood work done!!!). Third one was to do the physical and review the blood work. When I realized that this was going to be a three appointment extravaganza I asked the PA to do the physical during the first appointment. He refused and said I had to come back. The first appointment lasted about 2 hours , because of the wait before being taken back and then the additional wait between the nurse who took my blood pressure etc. (she was thorough and courteous) and the actual PA (not doctor). I pleaded with the PA to just do the physical then and there and call me with the blood results if anything was out of the ordinary, since it was not easy for me to get time off work for two more appointments. I was in GOOD health. This was primarily just a check up and to get an opinion on my finger. But no, they wanted their "two" pounds of flesh and get paid for two appointments, plus the inconvenience of a third appointment for blood work. That aside, I explained to the PA that I had hurt my finger and it didn't appear to be getting better. He suggested I get an x-ray which I thought they could do there, but he said they couldn't. Fine! I found it odd that he never looked at my finger or even came close to the exam table the ENTIRE time I was there. Then he asked how the pain was. I said it is tolerable and really not a big deal as long as the finger is bandaged up. He then said, without even looking at me - "Do you want something?" I didn't understand and said "what?". He said it again... 'Do you want something?" I said "I'm sorry, I don't understand." He turns to me (yes, he hadn't even been looking at me... he was sitting with his back turned to me for most of the time) and he had this sick grin on his face and almost winked and said "Do you want something for the pain? Some percoset or something?" He said it in such a way that I felt like I was talking to a drug dealer. I looked at him and said "I told you the pain was fine. I don't need anything for it." I felt like I was on candid camera. I hoped I was on candid camera. So then a day or two later I go for an x-ray. My finger was badly broken... the bone was completely snapped and separated. The x-ray tech showed me the x-ray and said I needed to get to an orthopedist ASAP. My insurance required a referral from my primary care physician. First thing the next morning I call Prime Care and asked them for a referral. The WOULD NOT GIVE ONE TO ME and said I had to come in. I explained that my finger was completely broken, that I had already been there once about it, that there was nothing they could do, and I just needed a referral to go to an orthopedist. NOPE. They would not give me the referral. So I was stuck. I had to go in. I waited an hour in the waiting room and was finally seen this time by the doctor. He walked in, checked my finger (yes, he actually touched me and looked at me!!). And he kind of laughed and said I should just put a bandage on it and it will be fine. He said the radiologists are sometimes alarmist and it's really not a big deal and that I did not need to see an orthopedist. I let him talk and didn't interrupt until he was completely finished. I then looked him square in the eye and asked "Did you look at my x-ray?" He froze and started to speak but was tripping over his words. He finally admitted that, no, he had not looked at the x-ray. I said that he might want to do that. He literally didn't know what to do with himself. So... he looked at the x-ray and low and behold, he said I needed to get to an orthopedist THAT DAY. All of a sudden he couldn't be more accommodating and was finding me any number of referrals I wanted. I then asked, since I'm here, can we please do my physical. Oh no! That would have to be a separate appointment. Of course it would. They still needed that extra pound of flesh. Needless to state, I ended up needing surgery with full anesthesia to fix my smashed finger. Oh.... and I never did get that physical. I just couldn't stomach going back there.
Dr Kielbasa was awesome....I went in thinking I had something wrong with me and left with a different diagnosis that may have saved not only my sanity but potentially my life. I am so grateful to Dr. Kielbasa for his thoroughness and his ability to listen and properly diagnose. Thank you Doctor Kielbasa
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Patients' Choice Award (2018)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Dr. Kielbasa is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
21 Years Experience
New York College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduated in 1997
University Hospital Suny Stony Brook
Dr. Chris J Kielbasa accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Elect Choice EPO
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna NYC Community Plan
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- Anthem CT HMO BlueCare
- Anthem PPO Century Preferred CT
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS MA Blue Care Elect PPO
- BCBS MA Preferred Blue PPO
Capital District Physicians Health Plan
- CDPHP New York State of Health - Small Business
- CDPHP PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Connecticare Flex Connecticut
- Empire HMO
- Empire PPO
MVP Health Plan
- MVP Preferred PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- Oxford Metro
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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