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

Dr. Eileen McVey practices pediatric gastroenterology. She honors Coventry, Humana, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McVey graduated from New York Medical College and then she performed her residency at Westchester Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. McVey is affiliated with Orlando Health and Banner Health.

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

Dr. Husam Mallah specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Glendale, AZ and Mesa, AZ. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mallah trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Mallah is affiliated with Banner Desert 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Ghazi-Askar's training includes residency programs at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center.

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

Dr. Sonal Desai's area of specialization is 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. Dr. Desai is affiliated with Banner Health.

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

Dr. Esteban Bonfante's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze. After attending the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bonfante is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center. After attending Comenius University for medical school, Dr. Lukacik completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Michigan. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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

Dr. Vinay Bandla is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 foreign languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Dr. Bandla is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center.

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

Dr. Swati Kolpuru works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Mesa, AZ. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Kolpuru is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College, she performed her residency at the University of Maryland 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.