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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 is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He takes Medicaid insurance. 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 and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Bonfante is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Bonfante is open to new patients.

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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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Lukacik attended Comenius University for medical school. Dr. Lukacik (or staff) is conversant in Czech, Slovak, and Italian. Dr. Lukacik is professionally 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 is a Mesa, AZ physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kolpuru average 3.0 stars out of 5. Her education and training includes medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Kolpuru (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Hindi. Dr. Kolpuru is affiliated with Banner Health.

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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. He is affiliated with Banner Health. He graduated from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and then he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Bandla (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Yokois takes Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Yokois trained 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. Dr. Desai obtained her medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed 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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