We found 7 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept EmblemHealth near Smithtown, NY.

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Dr. Anupama Chawla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Department of Pediatrics; Hsc, T-11, 080
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Anupama Chawla specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Stony Brook, NY, East Moriches, NY, and East Setauket, NY. She attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. Her clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patient reviews placed Dr. Chawla at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chawla (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Failure to Thrive, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Jeffrey Alan Morganstern, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Stony Brook University Medical Center; Health Science Center T11-080
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Morganstern is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Islip Terrace, NY, East Setauket, NY, and Stony Brook, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Morganstern include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Morganstern takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Allergies, Colitis, Failure to ... (Read more)

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James Markowitz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. James Markowitz works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician. Dr. Markowitz is professionally affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Markowitz is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Markowitz is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Michael Joseph Pettei, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Commack Satellite Office of Cohen Children's Medical Center of Ny
Commack, NY
 

Dr. Michael Pettei practices pediatric gastroenterology in New Hyde Park, NY, Lake Success, NY, and Commack, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Pettei is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Pettei is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Pettei (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Pettei is accepting new patients.

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Toba Weinstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Toba Weinstein's specialties are adult gastroenterology, pediatric gastroenterology, and general pediatrics. She practices in Smithtown, NY, Lake Success, NY, and New Hyde Park, NY. She is affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Patient reviews placed Dr. Weinstein at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Ying Lu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Ying Lu is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Lu is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. Dr. Lu accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. She has an open panel. She graduated from New York Medical College. Dr. Lu speaks Cantonese.

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Dr. Michelle Tobin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
4 Technology Drive
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Michelle Tobin is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tobin include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Tobin is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Tobin trained at Jacobi Medical Center. She is in-network for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, 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.
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