Physical Exams Specialist

Physical exams are important for identifying diseases and health risks and for ensuring patients receive optimized medical care as they get older. At her practice in New York City, NY on the border of Little Italy and Chinatown, Dr. Melissa Chan performs comprehensive physical exams to help men and women enjoy the best possible health at every stage of life.

Physical Exams Q & A

by Melissa Chan, MD

What Happens During an Annual Physical Exam?

Physical exams begin with a complete medical history including personal and family health information to help the doctor identify potential risk factors for diseases. Blood pressure and weight are measured and recorded, and patients will be asked about any symptoms they may be experiencing as well as any allergies they may have. During the exam, the doctor will use a stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs, evaluate the ears, eyes, and throat, and gently palpate (press) the belly and neck areas to check for signs of swelling or tenderness. Blood tests and urinalysis may be ordered either during the exam or prior to the exam so the doctor will have the results during the office visit. Other evaluations may also be performed or prescribed based on the patient’s individual needs and medical history. At the end of the visit, patients are provided with guidance to help them lead healthier lives, and there will be time to ask questions and discuss health-related concerns.

Why Do I Need To Have An Exam Every Year?

Annual physical exams provide the doctor with an ongoing record of important health information that makes it easier to identify subtle signs of diseases in their earliest stages so treatment can begin as soon as possible. Plus, having a yearly physical exam ensures patients receive the care they need to stay healthy as they get older, including important health screenings that can identify risk factors and help patients avoid diseases, as well as immunizations to help them avoid serious illnesses. Plus, annual physicals provide men and women with an opportunity to discuss health concerns and receive guidance to help them lead healthier lives at every stage of life.

What Can I Do To Prepare For My Physical Exam?

Be ready to provide a complete personal and family medical history, including a list of current medications. If blood tests or other testing is ordered prior to the exam, be sure to have those tests completed about two weeks ahead of time to ensure the results are available to review and discuss during the appointment.

Accepted Insurances

Dr. Chan accepts the following insurances and several more. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.

Affinity Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
Great West Health Care
Health First

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "One of the most professional MDs in the Little Italy/Chinatown area. She is understanding and takes her work very seriously."

    Rita C.
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    "I have referred several friends to her and they have all found her to be a very good doctor."

    J B.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Chan is very knowledgeable and accurate in her diagnoses. She has referred me to excellent specialists when necessary."

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Melissa Chan, MD
70 Bowery, Suite 505
Little Italy, Chinatown

New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-847-4934
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