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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 area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Bonfante accepts Medicaid insurance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Bonfante performed 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). He is conversant in 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 pediatric gastroenterology specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Lukacik (or staff) speaks Czech, Slovak, and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Lukacik attended medical school at Comenius University.

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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 in Mesa, AZ. The average patient rating for Dr. Kolpuru is 3.0 stars out of 5. After completing medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College, Dr. Kolpuru performed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kolpuru (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi. Dr. Kolpuru 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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He attended PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and then went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Bandla (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi-Urdu. Dr. Bandla 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Mesa, AZ. 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Yokois is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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

Dr. Sonal Desai's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete 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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