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Esteban Lucas Bonfante Ramirez MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
(480) 412-5550

Dr. Esteban Bonfante is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He accepts Medicaid insurance. Dr. Bonfante attended the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Bonfante is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Abdominal pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune hepatitis ... (Read more)

Dr. Marek Lukacik MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
(480) 412-5550; (480) 391-8989

Dr. Marek Lukacik specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Mesa, AZ. Dr. Lukacik (or staff) is conversant in Czech, Slovak, and Italian. He is affiliated with Banner Health. After completing medical school at Comenius University, Dr. Lukacik performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Refux Disease, Food Allergies and ... (Read more)

Swati Kolpuru MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
(480) 391-8989; (480) 412-5550

Dr. Swati Kolpuru is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Mesa, AZ. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She graduated from Seth G.S. Medical College. Dr. Kolpuru trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Kolpuru (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi. She is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Dr. Vinay Bandla MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; 402
Mesa, AZ
(480) 412-5550

Dr. Vinay Bandla works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Bandla graduated from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Dr. Bandla (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi-Urdu. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
(480) 391-8989

Dr. Nancy Yokois specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Yokois is rated highly by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
(480) 412-3000

Dr. Sonal Desai is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Desai completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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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.
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