We found 7 pediatric gastroenterologists near Mesa, AZ.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Husam Mallah's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mallah's education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His professional affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Dr. Ahmad Ali Ghazi-Askar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Ahmad Ghazi-Askar's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ghazi-Askar is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Esteban Bonfante is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bonfante accepts Health Net, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Dr. Marek Lukacik, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Marek Lukacik is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lukacik obtained his medical school training at Comenius University and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan. He is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Sonal Desai practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Desai graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Dr. Swati Kolpuru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Swati Kolpuru is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in Mesa, AZ and Glendale, AZ. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Kolpuru takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Kolpuru is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Dr. Vinay Bandla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Vinay Bandla is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Bandla's hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Bandla (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.