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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Esteban Bonfante is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Bonfante speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Bonfante attended medical school at the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences. He honors Health Net, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Husam Mallah is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Glendale, AZ and Mesa, AZ. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mallah attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Dr. Swati B Kolpuru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Swati Kolpuru is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her professional affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Dr. Kolpuru graduated from Seth G.S. Medical College. Her training includes residency programs at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Ahmad Ali Ghazi-Askar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S. Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Ahmad Ghazi-Askar's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ghazi-Askar honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Dr. Marek Lukacik, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; Suite 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Marek Lukacik specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at Comenius University, he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Lukacik's professional affiliations include Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Dr. Vinay Bandla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1432 S Dobson Road; 402
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Vinay Bandla's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bandla attended PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Bandla (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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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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