We found 9 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Aetna Open Choice PPO near Saint Louis, MO.

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

Dr. David Rudnick sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Rudnick trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital for his residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rudnick is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

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

Dr. Phillip Tarr, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Tarr takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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, Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Robert Rothbaum is a pediatric transplant medicine and pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Rothbaum trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital for residency. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Rothbaum's professional affiliations include 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. 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric transplant medicine, pediatric gastroenterology, and pediatric hepatology (liver disease). In her practice, Dr. Turmelle focuses on liver transplant. Dr. Turmelle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Turmelle accepts. Before completing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Turmelle attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Turmelle is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, 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 is a pediatrician, pediatric gastroenterologist, and adult hepatologist. He attended medical school at Witten/Herdecke University. For his professional training, Dr. Weymann completed a residency program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. His clinical interests encompass liver transplant. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Weymann speaks 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 sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Holtz include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Holtz honors. Dr. Holtz is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine and a graduate of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt's residency program.

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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 is a pediatrician, pediatric gastroenterologist, and transplant hepatologist in Saint Louis, MO and Town and Country, MO. She attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. In her practice, she is particularly interested in liver transplant. Dr. Stoll takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with 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 medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hickey include inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Hickey honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. She is affiliated with 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Louis Children's Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Debosch trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Debosch honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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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