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We found 7 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Humana Gold near Marietta, GA.

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Dr. William Frankel Meyers, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
625 Big Shanty Road Nw
Kennesaw, GA
 

Dr. William Meyers specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Meyers is professionally affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.

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Dr. Cary Gordon Sauer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1371 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Cary Sauer is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Atlanta, GA, Duluth, GA, and Marietta, GA. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sauer is affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Dr. Walter C Ifeadike, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
2480 Windy Hill Road; Suite 200
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Walter Ifeadike's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Ifeadike is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Dr. Patrice Genevieve Kruszewski, DO
Specializes in Urgent Care, Pediatric Gastroenterology
1371 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Patrice Kruszewski is an urgent care and pediatric gastroenterology specialist. She honors Coventry, Coventry HSA, Humana HMO, and more. She is affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Dr. Dinesh Govind Patel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1180 Ernest Barrett Parkway
Kennesaw, GA
 

Dr. Dinesh Patel's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Dr. Barbara Overend McElhanon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1371 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Barbara McElhanon's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. McElhanon takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Dr. Bess T Schoen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1371 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Bess Schoen specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Atlanta, GA, Duluth, GA, and Marietta, GA. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks German. Dr. Schoen is affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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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.