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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 is a New York, NY physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, polypectomy (polyp removal), and esophageal motility disorders. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ciecierega takes. Dr. Ciecierega studied medicine at Poznan University of Medical Sciences. His training includes a residency program at Goryeb Children's Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ciecierega include: Young Investigator Travel Award and Graduated Magna Cum Laude Certificate of Excellence for Highest GPA in Biology. Dr. Ciecierega (or staff) speaks Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric transplant hepatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Lobritto include bowel surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received distinctions including 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 hospital/clinic affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric transplant hepatologist. Dr. Lavine (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Lavine include pancreas problems, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Lavine is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. Dr. Lavine's practice is open to 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric transplant hepatologist in New York, NY. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Vittorio trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vittorio include liver disease and transplant procedures. Dr. Vittorio honors Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Rising Stars; AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award; and SPLIT Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipient. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease

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. Dr. Levy's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: diarrhea, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center. He is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Levy is a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Medical Center's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Levy (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French.

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Clinical interests: Gastrostomy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease, Autism, ... (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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in New York, NY. Her clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barfield honors. Dr. Barfield attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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) speaks 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Sockolow takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Before completing her residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Sockolow attended medical school at New York Medical College. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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. Babu S Bangaru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
530 1st Avenue; Suite 3a
New York, NY
 

Dr. Babu Bangaru works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. Dr. Bangaru's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Bangaru attended Andhra Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Bangaru (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Winthrop-University Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulcers, ... (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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in New York, NY and Forest Hills, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Solomon include polyps, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Solomon attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Medical College for medical school. Dr. Solomon has received professional recognition including the following: NIH Fellow; R25 grant Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Collaborative; and Finalist, Irving Weissman Competition for Research on Obesity Prevention. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Metabolism, Nutrition Issues, Esophagitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, ... (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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She takes Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Wetzler has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Wetzler (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. She is 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in New York, NY. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. She trained at Floating Hospital for Children for her residency. Dr. Gupta has indicated that her clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. She has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Gupta is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Chien's areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Before completing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Chien attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. She has received distinctions including 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.

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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, who practices in New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kaistha honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Indira Gandhi Medical College and Government Medical College, Nagpur. She trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for her residency. Dr. Kaistha (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. She is professionally affiliated with Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center.

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

Dr. Amy Defelice, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hiatal hernia. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, ColumbiaDoctors, and Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH). Dr. Defelice takes Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, Anthem, and more. Dr. Defelice's practice is open to new patients. She attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Dr. Defelice (or staff) speaks 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 New York, NY physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Reilly is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. She has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Reilly's professional affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
121 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Abraham Jelin is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Brooklyn, NY. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Jelin studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Jelin (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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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.