Joseph Anthony Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP

Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, UNC Lenoir Health Care

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Specialties

Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 12:00 PMClosed Today Closed Today
Accepting New Patients

Location Information

UNC Gastroenterology at Lenoir
2602 N. Herritage St.
Kinston, NC 28501
US
Handicap Accessible
Phone:
Fax:
(252) 233-0573

Hours

Day of the WeekHours
Monday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

About the Provider

Specialties

  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Subspecialties

  • General Gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Hepatology
  • Gastrointestinal Procedures
  • Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing Disorders

Provider Details

Type: Clinician
Gender: Male

About Joseph Anthony Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP

I knew I wanted to become a doctor when I was 12. My teacher saw how I loved science; excelled in all my classes; was friendly, caring and helpful to my classmates and teachers; and was a leader. When I was in college, I continued to excel in my studies. I volunteered at soup kitchens, shelters and the hospital. I felt a strong desire to help people and make a difference in their lives. My parents sacrificed a lot to get me through college and...
I knew I wanted to become a doctor when I was 12. My teacher saw how I loved science; excelled in all my classes; was friendly, caring and helpful to my classmates and teachers; and was a leader. When I was in college, I continued to excel in my studies. I volunteered at soup kitchens, shelters and the hospital. I felt a strong desire to help people and make a difference in their lives. My parents sacrificed a lot to get me through college and medical school. The most significant event in my life was when my dad died at a young age of cancer. I knew then that I had to become a doctor to do all I could to make people well and ease their suffering and pain. I strongly believe in listening to the patient. I take the time to hear their story – I learn a lot by taking a few more minutes to understand their concerns, apprehensions and goals. I involve them in the decision-making of their care as much as possible and give them options. I believe it is very important to follow up with them after they have had a procedure, other tests or started on a new medication. I also stress that often with my staff. I have a great interest in inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal cancers and hepatitis. Outside of work, I enjoy being with my family, reading, going to the beach, traveling and learning new languages.

UNC Health Affiliations

  • UNC Lenoir Health Care
  • UNC Physicians Network

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Medical School

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1983 - 1987

Residency

  • Columbia University, 1987 - 1990
  • Area: Internal Medicine

Fellowship

  • University of Health Sciences, 1990 - 1992
  • Area: Gastroenterology

Bachelor of Science

  • Georgetown University, 1978 - 1982
  • Area: Biology, Minor in Psychology
  • Honors: Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Board Certified, 2007
Esophageal manometry for the evaluation of chest pain and difficulty swallowing; esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD); colonoscopy procedures; ablation for Barrett’s esophagus, gastric antral vascular ectasia and radiation proctitis
Gastrointestinal diseases and disorders such as ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, heartburn, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease, gallbladder disease, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastrointestinal cancers

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Commercial Plans (Other than Aetna Whole Health)
  • Aetna Whole Health (Tier 2)
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans (Other than Aetna Prime HMO)
  • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina Medicaid
  • BCBSNC Commercial Plans
  • North Carolina State Employees Health Benefit Plan (Active employees)
  • BCBSNC Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance
  • BCBSNC Medicare Advantage (Other than Experience Health)
  • Healthy Blue Medicaid
  • Carolina Complete Health Medicaid (Centene)
  • Cigna Commercial Plans (Other than Cigna Connect)
  • Cigna Secure Medicare Advantage
  • Contigo Health Plan (WakeMed employees only)
  • Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Humana Medicare Private Fee-for-Service
  • North Carolina State Employee Health Benefit Plan (Medicare Advantage for retirees)
  • Liberty Advantage Medicare Advantage
  • MedCost PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Commercial Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage
  • UnitedHealthcare Exchange (ACA) Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
  • WellCare of North Carolina Medicaid
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