We found 39 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare Navigate near Philadelphia, PA.

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

Dr. Joan Dipalma practices pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric nutrition. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Dipalma's professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Dipalma completed her residency training at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Gayle Horvitz's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: celiac disease, malnutrition, and obesity. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). After attending Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Horvitz completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Horvitz accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Horvitz include: Division of GI, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Fellows Teaching Award Honor Roll; NIH Loan Repayment Program; and Travel award for AGA fellows' training conference.

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

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

Dr. Elizabeth Prout is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Baystate Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of obesity, growth problems, and nutrition issues. Dr. Prout is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Nutrition Leadership Institute, Dannon Institute USA; American Heart Association Early Career Development Award for Minorities; and Outstanding Resident Community Service Research Award, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA. She is professionally 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. Kristin Ngar Yee Fiorino, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kristin Fiorino is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include growth problems, achalasia, and vomiting. Dr. Fiorino honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Fiorino attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has received distinctions including Magna Cum Laude; Edward J. Boustein Distinguished Scholar; and Justice Louis D. Brandeis Scholar. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

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

Dr. Virginia Stallings' specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Stallings include nutrition issues. Dr. Stallings is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). 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 is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Her distinctions include: American Society of Nutrition Fellow; Anna dePlanter Bowes Award, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association; and David Rall Medal, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

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Clinical interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Nutrition Issues, Chronic Illness

Dr. Chris A Liacouras, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Chris Liacouras' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Liacouras is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Liacouras include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Liacouras include: Cystic Fibrosis Grant for Clinical Medicine; Harvard Anatomy Award; and Delaware Valley Academic Award. Dr. Liacouras is 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. Maria Rebello Mascarenhas, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Maria Mascarenhas' medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Mascarenhas include cystic fibrosis (CF), celiac disease, and malnutrition. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mascarenhas graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore University, and St. John's Medical College and then she performed her residency at Texas Children's Hospital. She has received the following distinctions: American Health Council/"Best in Medicine" Award; America's Best Physicians; and Castle Connolly Top Doctor. Dr. Mascarenhas 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. Shirley Hseue-Yee Huang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Shirley Huang's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Huang's areas of expertise include the following: malnutrition, obesity, and growth problems. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huang takes. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Honored for Exemplary Service, American Board of Obesity Medicine; America's Top Physicians; and Consumers' Research Council of America.

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Clinical interests: Obesity, Malnutrition, Cholesterol Problems, Growth Problems

Dr. John Timothy Boyle, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Boyle's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: growth problems, achalasia, and vomiting. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Boyle obtained his medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at Floating Hospital for Children. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Fellowship Teaching Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Summa Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame; and Phi Beta Kappa, University of Notre Dame.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Growth Problems, Esophagitis, ... (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. These areas are among his clinical interests: growth problems, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Baldassano is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Baldassano is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Baldassano has received professional recognition including the following: Fellows Faculty Honor Roll; Blockley-Osler Award; and Pediatric Resident Teaching Honor Roll.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, 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 specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. Dr. Kennedy is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Before performing her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Kennedy attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Pediatric GI/Nutrition T32 Trainee and Dean's list, Cornell University.

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

Dr. Janice A Kelly, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Janice Kelly specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelly include growth problems, celiac disease, and vomiting. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly has received the following distinctions: Main Line Today Magazine Top Doctors; Best Docs; and Main Line Today Magazine.

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

Dr. Sherri Shubin Cohen, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Sherri Cohen is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of malnutrition, growth problems, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Cohen is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland, Dr. Cohen attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohen has received professional recognition including the following: Temple University School of Medicine, Student Member of the Honor Board and South Jersey Top Children's Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Feeding Disorders, Growth Problems, Swallowing Problems

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

Dr. Jessica Wen practices pediatric gastroenterology in Philadelphia, PA. Her areas of expertise include the following: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Wen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Wen graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Texas Children's Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: the University of Pennsylvania Master of Translational Research Fellowship; Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) Annual Meeting Young Faculty Travel Award; and AASLD Annual Meeting Young Investigator Travel Award.

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

Dr. Kathleen Mary Loomes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kathleen Loomes practices pediatric gastroenterology in Philadelphia, PA. Her areas of expertise include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Loomes is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Loomes attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She has received distinctions including Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Master Clinician Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and Researcher of the Year, American Liver Foundation, Delaware Valley Chapter.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Liver Tumor, Transplant Procedures, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, ... (Read more)

Dr. Petar Mamula, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Petar Mamula practices pediatric gastroenterology in Philadelphia, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and malnutrition. Dr. Mamula honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mamula completed a residency program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Fellows Faculty Honor Roll, Division of GI, Hepatology and Nutrition; Fellows' Teaching Award, Division of GI, Hepatology and Nutrition; and NASPGHAN Endoscopy Award. Dr. Mamula is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, ... (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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