We found 21 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Affinity Health Plan near New York, NY.

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

Dr. Thomas Ciecierega's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ciecierega's clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), esophageal motility disorders, and celiac disease. He honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Poznan University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Goryeb Children's Hospital. He has received distinctions including 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. Dr. Ciecierega is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

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 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 Bhs 7-702 (central)
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. 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. These areas are among her clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). Dr. Chien accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Chien attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. 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 languages: Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. Dr. Chien 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. 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 education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Barfield's areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Barfield 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. She 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; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Robbyn Sockolow is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her clinical interests include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, Dr. Sockolow completed her residency training at Montefiore Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sockolow include: New York Super Doctors; The New York Times Magazine; and Castle Connolly, Top Pediatrician Award. Dr. Sockolow is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Aliza Solomon practices pediatric gastroenterology in New York, NY and Forest Hills, NY. Dr. Solomon graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Medical College and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Solomon include polyps, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. 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)

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. 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. 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. She studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wetzler's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She accepts Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Wetzler (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with Maimonides Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Babu Bangaru practices pediatric gastroenterology in Elmhurst, NY and New York, NY. In addition to English, Dr. Bangaru (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. His professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Winthrop-University Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center. After completing medical school at Andhra Medical College, he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Bangaru has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bangaru takes.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Levy's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include diarrhea, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Levy is affiliated with Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levy honors. Dr. Levy graduated from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Levy (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French.

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

Jennifer Mait-Kaufman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
52c Broadway
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Jennifer Mait-Kaufman sees patients in Lake Success, NY, Brooklyn, NY, and New Hyde Park, NY. Her medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Mait-Kaufman is affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mait-Kaufman welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Amy Rosanne Defelice, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3959 Broadway Bhn 702
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. 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. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, she completed her residency training at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Reilly takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Reilly is open to new patients.

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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 gastroenterologist in New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She studied medicine at Government Medical College, Nagpur. Dr. Kaistha trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. 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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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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