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

Dr. Esteban Bonfante is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Health Net, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bonfante honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Bonfante attended medical school at the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Bonfante 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ghazi-Askar takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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

Dr. Marek Lukacik is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Lukacik attended medical school at Comenius University. For his residency, Dr. Lukacik trained at Children's Hospital of Michigan. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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

Dr. Husam Mallah is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Glendale, AZ and Mesa, AZ. He is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mallah trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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

Dr. Swati Kolpuru is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Mesa, AZ and Glendale, AZ. Patient ratings for Dr. Kolpuru average 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College, Dr. Kolpuru performed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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

Dr. Sonal Desai is a Mesa, AZ physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Desai's education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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

Dr. Vinay Bandla specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Dr. Bandla (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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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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