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Dr. Yumirle Padron Turmelle, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Transplant Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology, General Pediatrics
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Yumirle Turmelle's specialties are pediatric transplant medicine, pediatric gastroenterology, and pediatric hepatology (liver disease). She practices in Saint Louis, MO. Before performing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Turmelle attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. Her clinical interests include liver transplant. Dr. Turmelle takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Turmelle speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Liver Disease

Dr. Phillip Irwin Tarr, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Phillip Tarr is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Tarr's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Tarr attended Yale School of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Robert J Rothbaum, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Rothbaum's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Rothbaum is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. David A Rudnick, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Rudnick's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Rudnick is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Alexander Weymann, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Transplant Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology, Pediatric Hepatology, General Pediatrics
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alexander Weymann's specialties are pediatric transplant medicine, pediatric gastroenterology, and adult hepatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Weymann include liver transplant. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Weymann is a graduate of Witten/Herdecke University and a graduate of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York's residency program. He is conversant in German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Liver Transplant, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Viral Hepatitis

Dr. Lori Rachel Holtz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lori Holtz's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Holtz takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Dr. Holtz is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Janis Marie Stoll, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Transplant Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology, Pediatric Hepatology
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Janis Stoll's specialties are pediatric transplant medicine, pediatric gastroenterology, and adult transplant hepatology. She practices in Saint Louis, MO and Town and Country, MO. In Dr. Stoll's practice, she is particularly interested in liver transplant. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Stoll trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Liver Disease

Dr. Christina Kim Ahn Hickey, MA, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place; 3s34
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Christina Hickey's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hickey graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Brian Jesse Debosch, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Brian Debosch's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Louis Children's Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Debosch is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for residency.

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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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