We found 5 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier near Colorado Springs, CO.

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Dr. Christine E Waasdorp Hurtado, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
 

Dr. Christine Waasdorp Hurtado practices pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include obesity, heartburn, and vomiting. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians. After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Waasdorp Hurtado completed her residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Waasdorp Hurtado include: Teri Li Education Award, NASPGHAN (2013) Award for education of Pediatric Gastroenterologists and Teri Li Education Award 2013 - Award for education of Pediatric Gastroenterologists NASPGHAN.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Metabolism, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Aziz John Yazdi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2925 Professional Place; Suite 103
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. Aziz Yazdi specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Colorado Springs, CO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yazdi include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Yazdi is affiliated with Centura Health and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Liege Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patients gave Dr. Yazdi an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yazdi takes.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Samantha A Woodruff, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
 

Dr. Samantha Woodruff is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Woodruff's clinical interests include heartburn, vomiting, and nausea. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Woodruff honors. She is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Woodruff completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Woodruff is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), and the University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Metabolism, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, Ulcerative ... (Read more)

Dr. Amethyst C Kurbegov, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1400 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. Amethyst Kurbegov practices pediatric gastroenterology in Aurora, CO and Colorado Springs, CO. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kurbegov's hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), and the University Physicians. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Stomach Problems

Dr. David Lee Porter Baswell, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
6190 Barnes Road
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. David Baswell specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Colorado Springs, CO. Dr. Baswell obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at Albany Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Baswell is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Centura Health and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth).

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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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