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We found 8 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Aetna Bronze near Hershey, PA.

Dr. William Joseph Wenner Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. William Wenner specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wenner accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Dr. Chandran Paul Alexander, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Chandran Alexander is a Hershey, PA physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. After attending Christian Medical College, Vellore for medical school, Dr. Alexander completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Michigan. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alexander honors.

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Dr. Marc Evan Schaefer, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Marc Schaefer is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Hershey, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Schaefer include inflammatory bowel disease. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. He is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Punit Narayan Jhaveri, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 University Drive; H-085
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Punit Jhaveri specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Jhaveri attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Jhaveri accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Dr. Douglas Grant Field, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Douglas Field's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Field include inflammatory bowel disease, esophagitis, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Field takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Disorders, Esophagitis, Swallowing Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. A.Craig Craig Hillemeier, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. A.Craig Hillemeier, who practices in Hershey, PA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Hillemeier accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency.

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Dr. Tolulope Olubukola Falaiye, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 University Drive; Mail Code H085 Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Peds Gi
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Tolulope Falaiye is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in Hershey, PA. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Falaiye completed her residency training at Shands at the University of Florida. She has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Falaiye accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Penn State Children S Hospital; Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Muhammad Qureshi works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Qureshi honors.

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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.