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

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

Dr. Steven Lobritto, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). His areas of expertise include bowel surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. Dr. Lobritto has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lobritto obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and 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. In addition to English, Dr. Lobritto (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and German. Dr. Lobritto's 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. 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. Dr. Ciecierega is a graduate of Poznan University of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Goryeb Children's Hospital's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Ciecierega include polypectomy (polyp removal), esophageal motility disorders, and celiac disease. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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. 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). He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. These areas are among Dr. Lavine's clinical interests: pancreas problems, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lavine accepts. 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. Dr. Lavine (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. His 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 is a New York, NY physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She is especially interested in liver disease and transplant procedures. Dr. Vittorio honors Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Georgetown University Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include New York Rising Stars; AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award; and SPLIT Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipient. Dr. Vittorio speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She welcomes 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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Levy a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Levy is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Levy (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French. Dr. Levy 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. 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 gastroenterology specialist. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Barfield's areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received distinctions including 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. She is 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; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Robbyn Sockolow's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Sockolow is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. She graduated from New York Medical College and then she performed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center. She honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Andhra Medical College. Dr. Bangaru completed his residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. Dr. Bangaru has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare. Dr. Bangaru (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. 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). She takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chien graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. She has received the following distinctions: Invited Participant Cornerstones IBD Excel Program and Invited Participant, NASPGHAN Nutrition University. Dr. Chien (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

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. Dr. Wetzler (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with Maimonides Medical Center. She attended the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Wetzler takes Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors.

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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. Her areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Gupta attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Floating Hospital for Children for residency. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. She has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Aliza B Solomon, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Aliza Solomon's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include polyps, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Solomon is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Solomon attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Solomon include: 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. 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 gastroenterology specialist. After completing medical school at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Government Medical College, Nagpur, Dr. Kaistha performed her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kaistha (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Before completing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Defelice attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. Dr. Defelice's areas of expertise include ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hiatal hernia. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Defelice (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, ColumbiaDoctors, and Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Defelice's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Her professional affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Reilly is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Reilly attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. Dr. Reilly speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
121 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Abraham Jelin specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Jelin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Dr. Jelin graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Jelin is an in-network provider for 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.