We found 23 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept EmblemHealth near Bronx, NY.

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Dr. Steven Joseph Lobritto, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
622 West 168th Street; Penthouse 14 Center
New York, NY
 

Dr. Steven Lobritto's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lobritto's areas of expertise include bowel surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lobritto include: New York Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and One of America's Top Doctors. Dr. Lobritto (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Sign Language, Spanish, and German. His professional affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Hepatitis, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Meneloas Loizides, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1825 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Loizides is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He takes Child Health Plus, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Loizides attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Loizides (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. His professional affiliations include WESTMED Medical Group, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Medical Education

Dr. Jennifer Mary Vittorio, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Internal Medicine
3959 Broadway
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jennifer Vittorio practices pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include liver disease and transplant procedures. Dr. Vittorio is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Vittorio's residency was performed at Georgetown University Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Vittorio include: New York Rising Stars; AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award; and SPLIT Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipient. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Vittorio's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease

Dr. Joel Edward Lavine, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
3959 Broadway
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joel Lavine specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Dr. Lavine (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Lavine performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Esi Sama Natya Lamouse-Smith, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
622 W 168th Street; Department of Pediatrics, Ph17-105g
New York, NY
 

Dr. Esi Lamouse-Smith's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lamouse-Smith include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lamouse-Smith attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks German. She is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, ColumbiaDoctors, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lamouse-Smith's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Ali Andre Mencin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
270 West 231st Street; Columbiadoctors Riverdale - 231st Street
Bronx, NY
 

Dr. Ali Mencin's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Mencin (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. He is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, and constipation. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Mencin studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia for residency. Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mencin accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mencin include: New York Super Doctors and One of America's Top Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Advanced Endoscopy, Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Neera Gupta, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
622 W 168th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Neera Gupta's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Gupta's clinical interests: crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Floating Hospital for Children. She has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Gupta is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Mercedes Martinez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
622 West 168th Street; Presbyterian Hospital Building (ph)
New York, NY
 

Dr. Mercedes Martinez is a New York, NY physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). For her professional training, Dr. Martinez completed a residency program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Martinez's areas of clinical interest consist of liver disease and liver transplant. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Martinez has received the distinction of Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors. Dr. Martinez (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Mandarin, and Hebrew. Her professional affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Martinez is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Liver Transplant, Liver Disease, Transplant Surgery Procedures

Dr. Julie Khlevner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
622 W 168th Street; Penthouse 17
New York, NY
 

Dr. Julie Khlevner's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khlevner include gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, encopresis, and abdominal pain. She accepts Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khlevner is a graduate of New York Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Khlevner trained at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Khlevner has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Encopresis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Gary Kazlow, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3959 Broadway
New York, NY
 

Dr. Philip Kazlow is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in New York, NY. Dr. Kazlow attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, parasitic infection, and ulcers. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors; One of America's Top Doctors; and Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors. Dr. Kazlow (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors, Nyack Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Hiatal Hernia, Parasitic Infection, Biopsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Shrager Lusman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3959 Broadway; Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Ch 7n
New York, NY
 

Dr. Sarah Lusman is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, cystic fibrosis (CF), and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Lusman is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Lusman attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Medicaid Managed Care, and Child Health Plus. Dr. Lusman has received professional recognition including the following: New York Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lusman's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Failure to Thrive, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Constipation, ... (Read more)

Kate Buzzi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
3959 Broadway; # Chn702
New York, NY
 

Dr. Kate Buzzi practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Buzzi accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Buzzi is professionally affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Peter Francis Belamarich, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1825 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY
 

Dr. Peter Belamarich is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Child Health Plus, 1199, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Belamarich attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Belamarich (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. David S Dunkin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
17 East 102 Street; Floor 5th
New York, NY
 

Dr. David Dunkin is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Dunkin's clinical interests: diarrhea, milk allergy, and ulcers. He is affiliated with Sinai Health System. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Dunkin performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Milk Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy Rosanne Defelice, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3959 Broadway; Columbia Universty Department Pediatrics
New York, NY
 

Dr. Amy Defelice's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Defelice's clinical interests: ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hiatal hernia. She honors Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, Anthem, and more. She attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Defelice (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. She is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, ColumbiaDoctors, and Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH). She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Nutrition Issues, Hiatal Hernia, Feeding Tubes, Ulcers, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joanne Lai, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
17 East 102nd Street; 5th Floor East
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joanne Lai, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lai include diarrhea, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lai studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Lai trained at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Transplant Procedures, Ulcerative Colitis, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Crohn's ... (Read 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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