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We found 20 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Affinity Health Plan near New York, NY.

Dr. Thomas Mathew Ciecierega, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Thomas Ciecierega's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ciecierega include gastrointestinal bleeding, polypectomy (polyp removal), and esophageal motility disorders. Dr. Ciecierega is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Poznan University of Medical Sciences and residency at Goryeb Children's Hospital. His distinctions include: Young Investigator Travel Award and Graduated Magna Cum Laude Certificate of Excellence for Highest GPA in Biology. Dr. Ciecierega (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Botox ... (Read more)

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Dr. Steven Joseph Lobritto, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
3959 Broadway Bhn 726; Bhn 1003
New York, NY
 

Dr. Steven Lobritto's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine); he sees patients in New York, NY. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Lobritto include bowel surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. Dr. Lobritto is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He honors several insurance carriers, including Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Lobritto's education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and One of America's Top Doctors .:::http://www.nyp.org/about/americas-top-doctors.html. Dr. Lobritto (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language, Spanish, and German.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver Transplant, Bowel Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Joel Edward Lavine, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
3959 Broadway Bhs 7-702 (central)
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joel Lavine specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Lavine attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. Dr. Lavine accepts Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lavine has received the following distinctions: One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Lavine (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Lavine is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver Transplant, Biliary Disorders, Liver ... (Read more)

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Dr. Jennifer Mary Vittorio, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Internal Medicine
3959 Broadway Chn; Room 7-726
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jennifer Vittorio's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She practices in New York, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vittorio include liver disease and transplant procedures. Dr. Vittorio takes several insurance carriers, including Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, and Child Health Plus. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Her distinctions include: New York Rising Stars; AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award; and SPLIT Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipient. In addition to English, Dr. Vittorio speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Transplant Procedures

Dr. Babu S Bangaru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
530 1st Avenue; Suite 3a
New York, NY
 

Dr. Babu Bangaru's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bangaru's clinical interests include diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Winthrop-University Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bangaru graduated from Andhra Medical College and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Bangaru (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulcers, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Elaine Betty Barfield, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elaine Barfield is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Barfield attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Her clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. Her distinctions include: Invited Participant NASPGHAN Nutrition University (Chicago, IL); Invited Participant, 7th Annual Pediatric IBD Academic Workshop (Las Vegas, NV); and Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholar (Vancouver). Dr. Barfield (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Barfield is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastrostomy, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative ... (Read more)

Dr. Robbyn Ellen Sockolow, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street Helmsley Tower
New York, NY
 

Dr. Robbyn Sockolow specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She is especially interested in crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Sockolow performed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Sockolow takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors; The New York Times Magazine; and Castle Connolly, Top Pediatrician Award.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

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Dr. Aliza B Solomon, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street Helmsley Tower
New York, NY
 

Dr. Aliza Solomon's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include polyps, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Solomon accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. She attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Medical College. She trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Dr. Solomon has received distinctions including NIH Fellow; R25 grant Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Collaborative; and Finalist, Irving Weissman Competition for Research on Obesity Prevention.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Metabolism, Nutrition Issues, Esophagitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Joseph S Levy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
160 E 32nd Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Levy is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He attended medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Levy completed a residency program at Beth Israel Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Levy's clinical interests: diarrhea, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Levy's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Levy (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center.

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Clinical interests: Gastrostomy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease, Autism, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Graciela F Wetzler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
948 48th Street; Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Graciela Wetzler works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Brooklyn, NY. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Wetzler performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Wetzler (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. Dr. Wetzler is professionally affiliated with Maimonides Medical Center.

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Dr. Neera Gupta, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Neera Gupta's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Gupta studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Gupta accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Kimberley Ann Chien, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Kimberley Chien works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chien include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). She is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. She has received the following distinctions: Invited Participant Cornerstones IBD Excel Program and Invited Participant, NASPGHAN Nutrition University. Dr. Chien (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Nutrition Issues, Food Allergy, Upper ... (Read more)

Dr. Abha Kaistha, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Nyu Pediatric Gastroenterology Associates; 40-08 Forley Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Abha Kaistha's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kaistha (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. Dr. Kaistha is affiliated with Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center. Her education and training includes medical school at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Government Medical College, Nagpur and residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Kaistha honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Amy Rosanne Defelice, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3959 Broadway Bhn 702
New York, NY
 

Dr. Amy Defelice works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Defelice include ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hiatal hernia. Dr. Defelice is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, ColumbiaDoctors, and Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH). She honors Amerigroup, Medicaid Managed Care, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. Dr. Defelice trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Defelice (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Hiatal Hernia, Feeding Tubes, Ulcers, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Dr. Norelle Rizkalla Rizkalla Reilly, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
630 W 168th Street, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Celiac.; Ph- 17th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Norelle Reilly is a pediatric gastroenterologist in New York, NY. She accepts Medicaid Managed Care, Child Health Plus, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Reilly is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Reilly trained at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Montefiore Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Rising Stars. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Reilly is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
121 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Abraham Jelin practices pediatric gastroenterology in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Jelin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Russian. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Dr. Jelin graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Jelin at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.