Jonathan Schiff, MD Men's Health New York | PreferredMD

Jonathan Schiff, MD

New York

Conditions treated

Sexually transmitted diseases
Prostate health
Low testosterone
Testicular pain
Prostate and testicular cancer

Procedures modalities

Circumcision w/regionl block
Anesth vasectomy
Extensive prostate surgery
Testicular needle aspiration (tesa)


Dr. Jonathan Schiff is a board certified Urologist who specializes in the treatment of prostate disorders, including: microwave thermotherapy of benign prostate disease and brachytherapy for prostate cancer, urinary incontinence, vasectomy and male urology. Dr. Schiff also offers a full range of therapies to treat disorders of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and male genitalia.

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Can I find a Urologist who takes my insurance?

First find the Urologist that best fits your needs, review their experience, and determine that the location is convenient for you. Then, from that page, upload your insurance information. The Doctor’s office will contact you to verify whether your plan is accepted.

Would I have to pay more if I use my out of network benefits?

Many plans allow for access to out of network providers for the same out of pocket cost as in network providers.

What is an example of preventive medicine for men?

Preventive healthcare starts with getting a well-person physical exam each year and maintaining immunizations. Preventive medicine may include a range of procedures, screenings and tests such as: blood pressure, heart function, cholesterol levels, colonoscopy, screening for diabetes, osteoporosis, prostate and colorectal cancer, infectious disease and skin cancer. Your Doctor may also provide counseling on such topics as quitting smoking, losing weight, healthy diet, treating depression, and reducing alcohol intake.

What medical tests should be done annually?

Prostate health; obesity; high cholesterol; blood pressure; colorectal cancer; diabetes; skin cancer; STIs; Abdominal aortic aneurysm; EKG.

When should a man have a prostate exam?

The American Cancer Society recommends men at average risk of prostate cancer should start at age 50. The recommendation for men at higher than average risk of prostate cancer, is to start at age 40 or 45.

At what age should a man have a colonoscopy?

The American Cancer Society recommends that both men and women undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer or other genetic risk factors, screening may start earlier.

What tests are done to check testosterone?

It's a simple blood test that's usually done early in the morning, when testosterone levels are highest.

Is there treatment for low testosterone?

Yes, low testosterone can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy. Modalities include Intramuscular injection, testosterone patches, topical testosterone gels or pellets that are implanted under the skin.

What causes polyps in the colon?

A polyp is the result of genetic mutations in the cells of the colon lining that affect the normal cell life cycle. A polyp is a growth in the large intestine or rectum. They may not cause symptoms, so screening is needed to help prevent a polyp from turning into colorectal cancer. Screening methods include colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, a stool test or a CT scan.

What does a Urologist treat in men?

Yes. Treatment ranges from medications to vacuum devices to implants. Your health care provider may also suggest treating emotional problems, such as stress, depression or performance anxiety.

What is metabolic syndrome and how serious is it?

Metabolic syndrome is a serious health condition that puts those affected at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls. Aggressive lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels under control can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.

Does a man need hormone testing?

Optimal male health is not determined by one single hormone. Hormone testing for men can be essential for identifying potential problems with optimal hormone balance. Testing can be done for: DHEA, FSH, Androstenedione, Testosterone, Free Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Human Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, DHT, Insulin, Thyroid Hormones (TSH, Free T3, and Free T4), Estradoil, Estrone, Cortisol, and Growth Hormone.

How is overactive bladder (OAB) in men treated?

The majority of overactive bladder cases in men are due to an enlarged prostate although other health conditions may be a factor. Treatments generally involve lifestyle changes, products to manage leakage and medical treatments including procedures, medications and surgery. If conservative modalities fail to provide relief, surgery might be the answer. This is common for men whose OAB is due to an enlarged prostate. A surgeon can remove part of the prostate, or ablate it with a laser.

What does medical clearance for Prostate surgery consist of?

Your Urologist may request a medical evaluation by your Primary Care Physician before performing your surgery. A medical clearance is essentially authorization from an evaluating doctor that a patient is cleared, or deemed healthy enough, for a proposed surgery.

What is a pre op examination for Prostate surgery?

A preoperative physical examination is essentially the same thing as getting 'medical clearance. It is performed at the request of your Urologist to ensure that you are healthy enough to safely undergo anesthesia and surgery. This evaluation includes a physical examination, cardiac evaluation, lung function assessment, and appropriate laboratory tests.

Why do I need medical clearance for Prostate surgery?

The purpose of medical clearance is to assess your personal risk related to undergoing a surgical procedure. If you have comorbidities your Urologist may want another doctor familiar with your medical history to offer perspective on whether the procedure is safe for you and ways to reduce risk.

Who do I see to get medical clearance?

Your Primary Care Physician is the Doctor who manages your medical care. He/she will provide the appropriate information.

How long is a medical clearance for Prostate surgery valid?

A patient's medical history, physical exam and labs are valid for 30 days. EKG's that are normal are valid for 90 days. These parameters may vary if the patient has comorbidities.

Why do I need blood and urine tests before Prostate surgery?

Your Urologist may order routine laboratory tests before your procedure to identify potential problems that might complicate surgery if not detected and treated in advance. A blood test will show if you have a blood-clotting problem and may be at risk of too much bleeding during surgery.  Urinalysis may be used to detect urinary tract infections, renal diseases and poorly controlled diabetes.

Can I still have an erection after prostate surgery?

Nearly all men will experience some erectile dysfunction for the first few months after prostate cancer surgery. The reason is that the cavernous nerves located along the sides of the prostate may need to be removed, or may be damaged in surgery. However, within one year after treatment, nearly all men with intact nerves will see a substantial improvement. Treatment options for ED include medication, injections, a vacuum device, implants and pelvic floor exercises.

Do all men need a colorectal doctor?

Many men see a colorectal surgeon for the first time when their primary care doctor or another specialist finds or suspects a more complex condition, such as colon polyps or incontinence. Your PCP may want you to get further evaluation of a potentially serious condition such as rectal bleeding or unexplained, ongoing constipation or diarrhea. These conditions may be an indication of colon cancer or bowel obstruction. Colorectal surgeons treat colon and rectal cancer, diverticulosis, fissures, hemorrhoids, IBD, Crohn's disease, Pelvic organ prolapse, infections around the anus and rectum.

When should a man start seeing a cardiologist?

For people without known heart disease, it can be tricky to know when to see a cardiologist. Here are some reasons to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist: chest pain, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, palpitations or vertigo, high cholesterol, chronic kidney disease, family history of heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, you are a smoker.

How effective is hair transplant surgery?

There are medications that can provide noticeable results if used in the early stages of hair loss. For men who have significant hair loss, surgical hair transplantation is the only proven way to restore natural hair growth. Hair transplant surgery is safe when performed by a qualified, experienced Doctor. Outcomes however are never predictable. In transplant procedures there is always a risk that some of the grafts won\'t "take," the skin plug may die and surgery may have to be repeated. If hair loss progresses after surgery, an unnatural, "patchy" look may result if the newly-placed hair lies next to patches of hair that continue to thin out. If so, additional surgery may be required.

Is peptide therapy effective for weight loss?

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that our body produces naturally. Peptides act as hormones; they deliver messages from tissue to blood, regulate appetite and more.   They can be used for muscle gain or weight loss, recovery, and reduced inflammation. Compared to steroids and testosterone peptides are more of a ‘medium burn’ for those who know that hours at the gym are necessary for the body we want. Where you get your peptides is especially important. Trained, experienced medical professionals should be your only source.

Can I specify a male or a female Urologist?

PreferredMD’s online service allows you to filter your results for Urologists by gender. That way, you’ll only see Doctors who match your preferences.

Can I schedule a Urology Consultation with a Men’s Health Doctor who sees patients after hours?

PreferredMD’s online service allows you to filter for Urologists with availability after 5 p.m. Just choose the special hours filter at the top of our search page. 

Can I schedule a video visit online with a Men’s Health Doctor for a Urology Consultation?

PreferredMD’s online service uses a purple video icon on the profiles of Urologists who offer online video visits. You can filter your search results to show only Urologists who offer video visits. 

Are video visits with Urologists covered by my insurance?

Most insurers provide coverage for video visits at the same rate as in-person visits. You can search on PreferredMD specifically for Urologists who accept your insurance for video visits. Select your carrier and plan from the drop-down menu at the top of the page to verify. If that information is not available, we recommend you check with your insurance carrier directly to confirm your coverage and out of pocket costs for video visits. 

Can I find Urologists who see patients in the morning or evening?

PreferredMD’s online service allows you to search specifically for Urologists who have appointments available before 10:00 am, or after 5:00 pm. Just choose the special hours filter at the top of our search page.

Can I find Urologists who see patients during the weekend?

PreferredMD’s online service allows you to see real-time availability for Urologists that offer appointments on Saturdays and Sundays. Just choose the special hours filter at the top of our search page. 

Can I make a same-day appointment with a Men’s Health Doctor for a Urology Consultation?

PreferredMD patients can often get same day appointments; on average within 24 hours. You can search for real-time availability of Men’s Health Doctors for Urology Consultations in your area, with Doctors who accept your insurance and make an appointment online.

Can I book an appointment online with a Men’s Health Doctor for a Urology Consultation?

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How can I find a top-rated Urologist?

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