We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Humana Bronze HMO near Rockford, IL.

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Dr. Eugene Kofi Vortia, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
2300 N Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL
 

Dr. Eugene Vortia is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Vortia is affiliated with Mercy Health System. For his professional training, Dr. Vortia completed a residency program at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. David Edward Deutsch, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2300 N Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL
 

Dr. David Deutsch is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Rockford, IL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Deutsch at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and short bowel syndrome. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Deutsch's professional affiliations include Mercy Health System and Centegra Health System.

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Clinical interests: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Short Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Dr. Kim-Doan Katrina Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2300 N Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL
 

Dr. Kim-Doan Nguyen specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen trained at the University of Missouri Health System for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Mercy Health System.

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Dr. Glendon Burress, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2300 N. Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL
 

Dr. Glendon Burress is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Rockford, IL. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Burress's residency was performed at Wyler Children's Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is affiliated with Mercy Health System.

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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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