We found 7 pediatric gastroenterologists near Marietta, GA.

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Dr. Cary Gordon Sauer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1371 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Cary Sauer is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sauer honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His professional affiliations include Children's Physician Group and The Children's Care Network.

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Dr. Patrice Genevieve Kruszewski, DO
Specializes in Urgent Care, Pediatric Gastroenterology
1371 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Patrice Kruszewski's specialties are urgent care and pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kruszewski is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry HSA, and Humana HMO. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Physician Group and The Children's Care Network.

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Dr. Bess T Schoen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1371 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Bess Schoen practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Schoen accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in German. She is affiliated with Children's Physician Group and The Children's Care Network.

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Dr. Walter C Ifeadike, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
2480 Windy Hill Road; Suite 200
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Walter Ifeadike works as an adult gastroenterologist and pediatric gastroenterologist in Duluth, GA, Marietta, GA, and Decatur, GA. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with The Children's Care Network.

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Dr. Barbara Overend McElhanon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1371 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Barbara McElhanon's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. McElhanon is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Her professional affiliations include Children's Physician Group and The Children's Care Network.

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Dr. Dinesh Govind Patel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1180 Ernest Barrett Parkway
Kennesaw, GA
 

Dr. Dinesh Patel practices pediatric gastroenterology in Atlanta, GA, Kennesaw, GA, and Marietta, GA. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Patel speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with The Children's Care Network.

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Dr. William Frankel Meyers, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
625 Big Shanty Road Nw
Kennesaw, GA
 

Dr. William Meyers is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Atlanta, GA, Kennesaw, GA, and Cartersville, GA. Dr. Meyers is professionally affiliated with The Children's Care Network. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as 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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