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Dr. Joan Solowey Dipalma, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Nutrition
1015 Chestnut Street; Suite 601
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joan Dipalma's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric nutrition. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dipalma include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Dipalma honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She has a closed panel. Dr. Dipalma attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Dipalma trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Elizabeth Pearl Parks, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Prout is a pediatric gastroenterologist. She is especially interested in obesity, growth problems, and nutrition issues. Dr. Prout is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Prout is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Vitamin D Deficiency, Nutrition Issues, Diabetes, Obesity, Growth Problems, Laparoscopic Sleeve ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert N Baldassano, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard; Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Robert Baldassano is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Baldassano studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Baldassano completed a residency program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baldassano include growth problems, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Baldassano include: Fellows Faculty Honor Roll; Blockley-Osler Award; and Pediatric Resident Teaching Honor Roll. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

Dr. Virginia Anne Stallings, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Virginia Stallings' specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stallings include nutrition issues. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Stallings has received the following distinctions: Anna dePlanter Bowes Award, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association; David Rall Medal, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; and Samuel Foman Nutrition Award, American Academy of Pediatrics2006, Circulation. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Nutrition Issues, Chronic Illness

Dr. Gayle Horvitz Diamond, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gayle Diamond is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Diamond's clinical interests: celiac disease, malnutrition, and obesity. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Diamond include: NIH Loan Repayment Program and Travel award for AGA fellows' training conference. Dr. Diamond is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Ann Crawford, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests: achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Kennedy is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Bernstein Rand, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
324th South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Rand is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Her areas of expertise include the following: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, gallbladder problems, and liver tumor. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Rand's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rand is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Brian Grossman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Grossman specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Grossman's areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Grossman completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll; South Jersey Magazine "Top Children's Physicians"; and Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Fellow Teaching Award.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, ... (Read more)

Dr. David A Blanco, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Erie Avenue at Fron St - Scpa Gastroenterology; Nelson Pavilion Suite 2045
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Blanco practices pediatric gastroenterology in Philadelphia, PA, West Reading, PA, and Yardley, PA. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Blanco's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Highmark, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Blanco attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Reading Health System.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Obesity, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Diane Lori Barsky, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Diane Barsky specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in King of Prussia, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Before performing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Barsky attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: malnutrition, obesity, and growth problems. She honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She has received distinctions including Philadelphia Magazine and "Best Docs for Children". Dr. Barsky is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Growth Problems, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Obesity, Chronic Illness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Saba Khan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Saba Khan is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include obesity and nutrition issues. Dr. Khan honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She studied medicine at the University of London and King's College London School of Medicine. Dr. Khan trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for her residency. She has received distinctions including Appletree Prize for Poetry and 1st Prize at The United Nations Schools Public Speaking Competition, London, UK. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Obesity

Dr. Raman Revasadan Sreedharan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Raman Sreedharan is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include celiac disease, malnutrition, and encopresis. Dr. Sreedharan is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Sreedharan's distinctions include: Award in recognition for contribution as a published author to the health science literature during; by Nemours - A.I. duPont Hospital for Children; and Award for Best Case Presentation in Pediatric Clinical Club at Medical College Trivandrum, India.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Rebello Mascarenhas, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Maria Mascarenhas' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), celiac disease, and malnutrition. Dr. Mascarenhas honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore University, and St. John's Medical College and a graduate of Texas Children's Hospital's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellows Faculty Honor Roll; "South Jersey Top Docs" - Pediatric Nutrition; and Best Doctors in America. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristin Ngar Yee Fiorino, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kristin Fiorino is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Fiorino's areas of expertise include growth problems, achalasia, and vomiting. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Fiorino attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Magna Cum Laude; Edward J. Boustein Distinguished Scholar; and Justice Louis D. Brandeis Scholar.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Growth Problems, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jessica Wei-Yun Wen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jessica Wen is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Texas Children's Hospital for residency. These areas are among Dr. Wen's clinical interests: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Fellows Faculty Honor Roll; the University of Pennsylvania Master of Translational Research Fellowship; and Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) Annual Meeting Young Faculty Travel Award. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Liver Tumor, Malnutrition, Allergies, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Joseph Ryan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Matthew Ryan's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. These areas are among Dr. Ryan's clinical interests: growth problems, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Ryan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ryan include: CDHNF Young Investigator's Development Award; 2nd place Komorov Competition-basic science; and NIH Loan Repayment Program. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth Problems, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

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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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