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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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences and 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 honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze. In addition to English, Dr. Bonfante speaks Spanish. Dr. Bonfante is affiliated with Banner Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Phyllis Friedman Agran MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
108; Orange
Ca,

Dr. Phyllis Agran works as a pediatric physical therapist and pediatric gastroenterologist in Orange, CA. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Agran takes. Her practice is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Agran has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Physician of Excellence - OCMA, Multiple years; and Physicians of Excellence - Orange County Medical Association. She speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: GI problems of children including nutrition, disorders of stooling, inflammatory bowel disease, ... (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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Comenius University and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Michigan's residency program. Dr. Lukacik (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hungarian, Czech, and Slovak. Dr. Lukacik is affiliated with Banner Health. He has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Mesa, AZ, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kolpuru average 3.5 stars out of 5. She is affiliated with Banner Health. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College and a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Kolpuru (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi and Hindi.

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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. Dr. Bandla (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. He 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, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bandla's practice is open to new patients.

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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. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Yokois accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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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. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Desai performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Gujarati. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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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