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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 pediatric gastroenterologist. He honors Medicaid insurance. Dr. Bonfante is a graduate of the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences. His residency was performed 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 is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. He is open to 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Lukacik is a graduate of Comenius University. He trained at Children's Hospital of Michigan for his residency. Dr. Lukacik (or staff) is conversant in Czech, Slovak, and Italian. Dr. Lukacik is affiliated with Banner Health.

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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 Mesa, AZ physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Kolpuru trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Kolpuru (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi and Hindi. She is professionally 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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Mesa, AZ. He is affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Bandla graduated from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. His medical residency was performed at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Bandla (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi-Urdu.

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

Dr. Nancy Yokois practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Yokois graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Patient ratings for Dr. Yokois average 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
(480) 412-3000; (480) 512-3808

Dr. Sonal Desai specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, she performed her residency 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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