We found 9 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare Empire 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 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. 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. Israel Nehemiah Kochin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2 Fifth Avenue; Suite #6
New York, NY
 

Dr. Israel Kochin is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Brooklyn, NY and New York, NY. Dr. Kochin is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, United Healthcare HMO, and Child Health Plus. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Kochin (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Russian. He is affiliated with Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Sinai Health System. Dr. Kochin welcomes new patients.

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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. Shari Marie Sheflin-Findling, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5 East 98th Street; 10th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Shari Sheflin-Findling works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Valley Stream, NY and New York, NY. She is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System. After completing medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Schneider Children's Hospital. Dr. Sheflin-Findling is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Blue Shield. She has an open panel.

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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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