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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. He accepts Medicaid insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bonfante's office for an appointment. Before performing 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), Dr. Bonfante attended the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. 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 sees patients in Mesa, AZ. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He graduated from Comenius University and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Lukacik (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Czech, Slovak, and Italian. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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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. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kolpuru is affiliated with Banner Health. She is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College and a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Kolpuru (or staff) speaks 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Mesa, AZ. He is affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Bandla attended PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and then went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Bandla (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi-Urdu.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
(480) 391-8989

Dr. Nancy Yokois practices pediatric gastroenterology in Mesa, AZ. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Yokois is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for her residency.

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

Dr. Sonal Desai specializes in 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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