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Dr. Swati B Kolpuru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Swati Kolpuru's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. She is a graduate of 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 average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Esteban Bonfante's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His professional affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Dr. Bonfante takes Health Net, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Husam Mallah works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Mallah is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Dr. Ahmad Ali Ghazi-Askar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Ahmad Ghazi-Askar specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Glendale, AZ and Mesa, AZ. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghazi-Askar is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and a graduate of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn's residency program.

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Dr. Marek Lukacik, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Marek Lukacik specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Lukacik's professional affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of Comenius University and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Michigan's residency program.

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Dr. Vinay Bandla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Vinay Bandla is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Bandla (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Dr. Bandla's professional affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He attended medical school at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. He completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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