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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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bonfante is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center. Health Net, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bonfante honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Bonfante attended the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Bonfante speaks Spanish.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Mesa, AZ and Glendale, AZ. He is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Lukacik attended Comenius University for medical school. Dr. Lukacik honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Kolpuru attended medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College. Dr. Kolpuru completed her residency training at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Mesa, AZ. Before completing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Bandla attended medical school at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bandla takes. 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' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Yokois's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Yokois attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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

Dr. Sonal Desai works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. She graduated from 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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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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