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We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Humana Bronze 6450/HMO Premier near Covington, LA.

Dr. Maria-Stella Serrano, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
71211 Hwy. 21; Suite B
Covington, LA
 

Dr. Mariastella Serrano practices pediatric gastroenterology in New Orleans, LA, Covington, LA, and Slidell, LA. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Serrano graduated from the University of the North. For her residency, Dr. Serrano trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. She is affiliated with Ochsner.

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Dr. Brian Glenwood Morris, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
71211 Hwy. 21; Suite B
Covington, LA
 

Dr. Brian Morris' medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Morris is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Ochsner.

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Dr. Erika Vogel Smith, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Pediatric Gastroenterology
101 E Judge Tanner Boulevard; Suite 302
Covington, LA
 

Dr. Erika Smith's areas of specialization are general practice and pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Smith honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Ochsner.

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Dr. Carrie Firestone-Baum, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
101 E Judge Tanner Boulevard; Suite 302
Covington, LA
 

Dr. Carrie Firestone-Baum is a pediatric gastroenterologist in New Orleans, LA and Covington, LA. Dr. Firestone-Baum is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Ochsner.

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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.