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

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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. After attending Poznan University of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Goryeb Children's Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), esophageal motility disorders, and celiac disease. Dr. Ciecierega accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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) is conversant in 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 medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Dr. Lobritto's areas of expertise include the following: bowel surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Lobritto has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and One of America's Top Doctors. Dr. Lobritto (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and German. His professional affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Lobritto has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Hepatitis, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver ... (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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. Dr. Lavine is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver Transplant, ... (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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric transplant hepatologist. In her practice, Dr. Vittorio focuses on liver disease and transplant procedures. She is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Vittorio's practice is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Vittorio attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has received the following distinctions: New York Rising Stars; AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award; and SPLIT Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipient. She speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver 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 pediatric gastroenterologist in New York, NY and Box 214, NY. These areas are among her clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). Dr. Chien honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Chien has received distinctions including Invited Participant Cornerstones IBD Excel Program and Invited Participant, NASPGHAN Nutrition University. Dr. Chien (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Robbyn Sockolow sees patients in New York, NY. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sockolow include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Before performing her residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Sockolow attended New York Medical College for medical school. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Sockolow 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, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Babu S Bangaru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
530 First Avenue; #3a
New York, NY
 

Dr. Babu Bangaru is a pediatric gastroenterologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. Dr. Bangaru accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare. Dr. Bangaru graduated from Andhra Medical College. He completed his residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Bangaru (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Bangaru's professional affiliations include 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; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Aliza Solomon is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Her clinical interests include polyps, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Solomon graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Solomon has received the following distinctions: 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. Joseph S Levy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
160 E 32nd Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Levy is a pediatric gastroenterologist in New York, NY. Dr. Levy's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Levy include diarrhea, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Levy 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Levy (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French. He is 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 is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Wetzler 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. She has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Wetzler (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with Maimonides Medical Center.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Barfield include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Barfield accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. She 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. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Barfield 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 the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Neera Gupta's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Gupta's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Floating Hospital for Children. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Abha Kaistha is a pediatric gastroenterologist in New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Kaistha is affiliated with Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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 (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

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

Dr. Amy Defelice is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. She trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for her residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Defelice include ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hiatal hernia. She honors Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Defelice (or staff) speaks 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)

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in New York, NY. Dr. Reilly is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reilly takes. She is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Reilly has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
121 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Abraham Jelin is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Jelin studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Jelin (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Russian. Dr. Jelin 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.
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