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 in Aurora, CO and Colorado Springs, CO. These areas are among her clinical interests: obesity, heartburn, and vomiting. Dr. Waasdorp Hurtado is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and CU Medicine. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Waasdorp Hurtado graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Waasdorp Hurtado completed a residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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. Samantha A Woodruff, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
 

Dr. Samantha Woodruff's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Woodruff's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, vomiting, and nausea. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Woodruff attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), and CU Medicine.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Aurora, CO and Colorado Springs, CO. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Kurbegov attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Her professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), and CU Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Stomach Problems

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

Dr. Aziz Yazdi is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Yazdi is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Yazdi accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. 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. Dr. Yazdi is affiliated with Centura Health and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth).

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. David Baswell is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Colorado Springs, CO. Dr. Baswell graduated from Albany Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Baswell trained at Albany Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Baswell accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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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