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

Dr. Husam Mallah sees patients in Glendale, AZ and Mesa, AZ. His 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. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Mallah attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center.

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

Dr. Eileen McVey is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. She accepts Coventry, Humana, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McVey graduated from New York Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at Westchester Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. McVey is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Banner Health.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Mesa, AZ and Glendale, AZ. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghazi-Askar's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center.

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

Dr. Sonal Desai is a Mesa, AZ physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with Banner Health.

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

Dr. Marek Lukacik's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Comenius University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lukacik takes. Dr. Lukacik is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center.

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

Dr. Esteban Bonfante, who practices in Mesa, AZ and Glendale, AZ, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center. Dr. Bonfante graduated from the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bonfante accepts Health Net, Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and more.

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

Dr. Vinay Bandla sees patients in Mesa, AZ and Glendale, AZ. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bandla (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center. Dr. Bandla attended PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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

Dr. Swati Kolpuru practices pediatric gastroenterology in Mesa, AZ. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kolpuru is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College. Her residency was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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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.